Presented by Dr Janet Hammill, Coordinator, Collaboration for Alcohol Related Developmental Disorders, UQ Centre for Clinical Research

Dr Janet Hammill coordinates the Collaboration for Alcohol Related Developmental Disorders (CARDD), formerly the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Research Network, within the Perinatal Research Group at the University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research. She is also a Senior Researcher at Synapse.  A medical ethnographer, Jan weaves narratives of family history of health and life experiences into a biological framework that better illustrates the epigenetic and developmental burden placed on families.

Of particular interest is the neurobiology of stress and teratogenic exposures that have influenced negative trajectories especially for Indigenous families and their children. Those exposed to alcohol in utero represent the most vulnerable individuals in Australia and the effects are being seen transgenerationally. While invisible to diagnosis, they are too visible in statistics that reflect high rates of parental substance addictions, compromised perinatal outcomes, poor school achievement, behavioural problems, younger sole parenting, early criminality, recidivism, disabling mental health with suicide risks and premature onset of chronic diseases. Invariably having FASD impacts significantly on overall access to equal life chances and poses critical and urgent challenges for remediation. 

Having shared ancestry with the Gomeroi people of the NSW Pilliga Scrub and of the first convicts into the area, Jan’s primary interest is to raise awareness especially among policy makers to alcohol and substance abuse harm and the pressing need for cross-disciplinary, evidence-based interventions.

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