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Health conference comes to New West

Two-day event for families and professionals focuses on fetal alcohol syndrome

A major health conference will be held in New Westminster in early November.

The fourth annual Getting Connected: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder fall conference is set to be held on Nov. 4 and 5 at Douglas College.

The conference is aimed at bringing together families, individuals with FASD, professionals to help build resources and supports in the community.

Participants will also hear about emerging inititiaves and current practices in medical and community support systems in the community for those with FASD and their families.

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is a term used to describe the range of effects caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol. These may include physical, mental, social-emotional and behavioural issues.

Sessions in the conference include talks by those with FASD, from professionals on a variety of topics - from medical to legal, and a number of parenting related panels.

The event included free child-care for those who need it, but participants must pre-register for child-care.

Deadline for registration for the conference is Oct. 26. See for information.

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