History and Basic Characteristics of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

This micro-credential will provide students with the foundational knowledge required for understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

Upon successful completion, you'll receive: 

  •  3 PD Points
  • Certificate of Achievement
  • A UWA Plus Professional Development Transcript, listing all successfully completed micro-credentials
Delivery mode
Course dates
Courses will be commencing in April or July 2024.  Complete the EOI form if you would like to be contacted when registrations for 2024 micro-credentials are open.
approx. 12 weeks
75 hours
$825 inc. GST
Critical information summary
PSYCM501 History and Basic Characteristics of FASD (PDF)

What you'll learn

Gain an understanding of the basic neuroanatomical, cognitive and behavioural characteristics of FASD, as well as some of the common comorbidities, differential diagnoses and primary and secondary outcomes.

Increase your understanding of the prevalence of FASD, history of the diagnosis, and relevant socioeconomic/cultural/regional factors.

Notebook and a workspace 

Why study this course?

  • Learn the foundational knowledge required for understanding FASD.
  • Understand the historical and social context of FASD.
  • Get to know the characteristics of FASD and common comorbidities.

Who should study this course

This unit will be of interest and suitable for a range of community members and professionals with an interest in FASD, including:

  • Graduates trained in psychology, speech pathology, social work, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, nursing and medicine (including paediatrics and psychiatry)
  • Police officers, justice workers, lawyers
  • Teachers, educators, coordinators, child protection workers
  • and family members.

How does it work?

Participants will be supervised online and tested by recall of facts (quiz and final exam).

What's next after this course?

Future study
Students completing both (1) History and basic characteristics of FASD and (2) Considerations for FASD diagnosis may be
eligible to complete the Graduate Certificate in the Diagnosis and Assessment of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (course
code: 73260), which will provide clinicians with the skills required for conducting assessments for which FASD is a
differential diagnosis.
Career outcomes
Credit towards an award course - Graduate Certificate in the Diagnosis and Assessment of FASD (cc: 73260).


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Expressions of Interest

Expressions of Interest for 2024 registrations are now open.

Expressions of Interest