Outstanding paediatrician and child health researcher named WA Australian of the Year finalist

News Media Release.  Friday 21 October, 2016.

Telethon Kids Institute researcher Dr James Fitzpatrick has been named a finalist in the WA Australian of the Year awards for his work to reduce alcohol related harm in babies.

The former infantry soldier turned paediatrician and child health researcher is an Australian and world leader in the area of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). news-release-tki-21102016

In 2012, James led a ground-breaking, Australian-first project to map the prevalence of FASD in 40 remote communities in the Fitzroy Valley, with the results showing the region had some of the highest rates in the world.

After documenting the prevalence of FASD, James launched a program in partnership with Aboriginal community leaders which had three main aims; to prevent the disorder by educating communities on the dangers of alcohol in pregnancy; to diagnose those already affected; and to provide them with treatments and support.

His work in the Kimberley has been so successful, the model has recently been replicated in the Pilbara as well as expanded nationally, thanks to a National Health and Medical Research Council grant to set up the Reducing the Effects of Antenatal Alcohol on Child Health Centre of Research Excellence.

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See below for media contact details:

Jasmine Raisbeck, Senior Communications Officer, Telethon Kids Institute
08 9489 7635 or 0437 575 875 or jasmine.raisbeck@telethonkids.org.au