The Award recognises her long-standing work in FASD training, community capacity building and research into health and human service sector responses to FASD. Kerryn helped to set up one of the first best-practice FASD diagnostic services in Australia, was a founder and inaugural co-chair of the Australian and New Zealand FASD Clinical Network and is an ambassador for the Peak parent/carer FASD organisation in Australia, NOFASD.
Three years ago, Kerryn founded the Victorian FASD Special Interest Group with the aim of raising awareness and addressing the needs of those with FASD in Victoria. The interdisciplinary group which comprises researchers from La Trobe, Monash and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, clinicians from the Royal Children’s Hospital, Monash Hospital and Goulburn Valley Health, policy makers, parents, and carers of children with FASD and adults living with FASD, has seen a large impact in a short period of time. This includes the development of a Victorian FASD diagnostic clinic at Monash Children’s Hospital, the introduction of warning labels on alcohol containers nationally, professional development for over 400 professionals in Melbourne and Bendigo, and a research roundtable on rural and regional responses to FASD, held in Bendigo.
Kerryn’s research has informed clinicians’ understanding of stigma related to FASD and the need for critical reflection in practice. She is currently undertaking research and capacity building related to FASD and telehealth and training for professionals in rural, regional, and remote areas in conjunction with Monash UDRH and international partners, through her role within the RHMT.
A recording of the webinar, Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): A free online seminar for the health and community sector is available on La Trobe's website here.