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Unit Overview


This unit will provide students with the opportunity to gain the hands-on experience necessary to competently conduct Fetal Alcohol Sepctrum Disorder (FASD) assessments in a multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary clinical setting (as per their professional background). This will include a combination of observing assessments, conducting assessments (face-to-face or telehealth), report writing and taking part in case conferences.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Off-campus
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Off-campus
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Off-campus

Students are able to (1) demonstrate a practical understanding of how a multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary clinic runs; (2) demonstrate experience in conducting FASD assessments (discipline specific); and (3) demonstrate practical experience in writing FASD reports and delivering feedback to families as appropriate.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) placement activities and (2) placement documentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the placement activities and placement documentation components.

This unit is assessed on an ungraded pass/ungraded failed basis. All assessment items must be successfully completed.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Carmela Pestell and Dr Grace Tan
Unit rules
Enrolment in
73260 Graduate Certificate in the Diagnosis and Assessment of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
and Successful completion of
one Unit(s) PSYC5524 Introduction to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Enrolment in
Unit(s) PSYC5525 Diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
or Unit(s) PSYC5526 Assessment of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
or Successful completion of
PSYC5525 Diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Contact hours
Contact hours will vary depending on the placement arrangement.
Peer supervision (optional) will be offered 1x month for 1-2 hours.
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