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FASD Assessments

Patches provides a multi-disciplinary assessment for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in a non-judgemental manner, with a focus on building on people’s strengths and working toward their goals.

What is FASD?

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a lifelong condition relating to permanent brain damage caused by exposure to alcohol during pregnancy. There is increasing awareness in Australia that people who are planning a pregnancy, or are pregnant, should take a break from drinking throughout pregnancy and while breastfeeding to give their child the best start to life. However, many Australians are affected by FASD, and Patches is one of Australia’s most active FASD diagnostic services.

Assessing for FASD

Patches provides a multi-disciplinary assessment for FASD in a non-judgemental manner, with a focus on building on people’s strengths and working toward their goals. While FASD is a lifelong condition, the future can be bright for those affected. This journey starts with diagnosis, acceptance and understanding. 

Patches is a leading FASD assessment provider and our aim is to complete your assessment on one day, by one team, in a seamless and cost-effective process.  Better still, our team is committed to having your diagnostic report provided to you within a short timeframe so that you can have your questions answered and move forward with certainty.  For those requiring therapy and support, Patches provides ongoing allied health and psychology services for common issues experienced by individuals with FASD, such as anxiety, attention and sleep difficulties, social communication difficulties and behavioural dysregulation.

FASD Assessments for Youth at Risk

Following success in the Northern Territory and Western Australia, Patches has been awarded a two-year Commonwealth Government grant to expand FASD assessments in Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales, and South Australia. We know that in Australia, people with FASD are 30 times more likely to be involved in the justice system. Our focus is to provide FASD assessment services for youth at risk so that they can receive the supports they need to achieve better life outcomes.

Patches are unable to accommodate new referrals for WA and NT.

Close the Gap: Watch TedTalks presentation by Patches Founder and CEO, Dr James Fitzpatrick. Dr Fitzpatrick explores the vital research underpinning the ‘Making FASD History’ campaign, a campaign which aims to improve the trajectory of the next generation of young Indigenous Australians through FASD awareness and prevention.

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FASD Assessments

Patches provides a multidisciplinary assessment for FASD in a non-judgemental manner, with a focus on building people’s strengths and working toward their goals.

What is FASD?

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a lifelong condition relating to permanent brain damage caused by exposure to alcohol during pregnancy. There is increasing awareness in Australia that couples who are planning a pregnancy, or are pregnant, should take a break from drinking throughout pregnancy and while breastfeeding to give their child the best start to life. However, many Australians are affected by FASD and Patches is one of Australia’s most active FASD diagnostic services.

Assessing for FASD

Patches provides a multidisciplinary assessment for FASD in a non-judgemental manner, and link individuals and families to the NDIS and to evidence-based services and supports. While FASD is a lifelong condition, the future can be bright for those affected. This journey starts with diagnosis, acceptance and understanding. 

Patches is here to help you understand your condition and can provide ongoing medical, allied health and psychology support for those living with FASD and their families.

For more information about our assessments please visit our FAQ section.

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FASD Assessments for Youth at Risk

Following success in the Northern Territory and Western Australia, Patches has been awarded a two-year Commonwealth Government grant to expand FASD assessments in Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales, and South Australia. We know that in Australia, people with FASD are 30 times more likely to be involved in the justice system. Our focus is to provide FASD assessment services for youth at risk so that they can receive the supports they need to achieve better life outcomes.

To learn more about the Patches FASD Assessment Pathway, please click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

To view our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) please click here.

Start with a Referral

To schedule an assessment service with our specialised team, please complete our online referral form, and a member of our team will be in touch with you soon.

Close the Gap – Watch TedTalks presentation by Patches Founder and CEO, Dr James Fitzpatrick.

Our Therapy Services

Learn more about the therapy services we provide.
FASD Assessments

Patches provides a multidisciplinary assessment for FASD in a non-judgemental manner, with a focus on building on people’s strengths and working towards their goals.

What is FASD?

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a lifelong condition relating to permanent brain damage caused by exposure to alcohol during pregnancy. There is increasing awareness in Australia that couples who are planning a pregnancy, or are pregnant, should take a break from drinking throughout pregnancy and while breastfeeding to give their child the best start to life. However, many Australians are affected by FASD and Patches is one of Australia’s most active FASD diagnostic services.

Assessing for FASD

Patches provides a multidisciplinary assessment for FASD in a non-judgemental manner, and link individuals and families to the NDIS and to evidence-based services and supports. While FASD is a lifelong condition, the future can be bright for those affected. This journey starts with diagnosis, acceptance and understanding. 

Patches is here to help you understand your condition and can provide ongoing medical, allied health and psychology support for those living with FASD and their families.

For more information about our assessments please visit our FAQ section below.

Related articles

FASD Assessments for Youth at Risk

Following success in the Northern Territory and Western Australia, Patches has been awarded a two-year Commonwealth Government grant to expand FASD assessments in Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales, and South Australia. We know that in Australia, people with FASD are 30 times more likely to be involved in the justice system. Our focus is to provide FASD assessment services for youth at risk so that they can receive the supports they need to achieve better life outcomes.

To learn more about the Patches FASD Assessment Pathway, please click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our team of expert clinicians are skilled in the diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Intellectual Disability (ID), Global Developmental Delay (GDD), Learning Difficulties, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

We make every effort to minimise wait times for our newly referred participants. Depending on your needs and clinician capacity, wait times may vary greatly between locations. Contact us to get the most up to date information on wait times and to discuss the option to receive telehealth service from another one of our locations with sooner availability.

Patches currently has the capacity to complete one-off assessments only, and are not able to provide ongoing medication management services. As a part of this assessment, recommendations for therapy and other supports will be provided to you. If you would like to access therapy services, then we would be happy to pass your details across to our therapy team for ongoing support.

The total cost of an FASD assessment ranges from  $6,600 to $7,700.  This includes up to 1.5 hour consultation with a paediatrician or paediatric registrar, plus 2.5 hours of  additional information review, case conferencing and report writing; in addition to up to 4 hours consultation and assessment with a psychologist, plus up to 12 hours of additional information review, consultation, test scoring and report writing.  In some cases, a third clinician is involved, spending up to 2 hours with the client, with an additional 4 hours for test scoring and report writing.

You will need to complete a referral form to refer independently. Or you can go to your doctor for a referral to our services also.

Provided you have a valid referral from a GP or specialist, consultations with our Paediatricians may attract a Medicare rebate. Consultations with allied health practitioners under an appropriate Medicare plan may also attract Medicare Rebates.  Ask your GP about the most appropriate Medicare Plan. 

For more information please visit: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/.

A Patches assessment aims to document specific areas of cognitive, functional, or behavioural difficulty.  In some cases, a specific diagnosis may be made, such as for ADHD, Autism, or FASD.  It is not possible to guarantee that an assessment, even if a diagnosis is made, will lead to NDIS eligibility.  Patches assessment reports are written in a way that addresses the NDIS eligibility criteria, based on functional ability.  Depending on the overall diagnostic outcome, and the level of functional ability impairment, the NDIS will review your assessment and application, independent of Patches.

Patches cannot apply to the NDIS on behalf of individuals. This is the responsibility of the individual, or their caregivers/family, who may provide the Patches assessment report, and any other relevant information, to the NDIS.  Information on NDIS eligibility can be found via the following link.

A 50% deposit will be required to secure your assessment booking. The balance of payment is to be made at the time of the assessment appointment. We offer EFTPOS (which incurs a 1.5% surcharge) or Bank Transfer (no fee). Reports can only be distributed after full payment has been received.

We require a telephone call and follow up email from the family, to make a cancellation.  Same day cancellation or non-attendance will forfeit your 50% deposit.

Non-attendance or cancellation before the day of your appointment, and within 48 work day hours of the appointment time, will incur a $250.00 Late Cancellation Fee (excluding GST).

Cancellations more than 48 work day hours before the appointment time will not incur a cancellation fee.

An assessment for FASD entails both a paediatric and psychological assessment.

Paediatric assessment may be performed by a consultant paediatrician, or by a paediatric trainee / registrar who is under formal supervision from a Patches consultant paediatrician, endorsed by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. The paediatric trainee or paediatrician will conduct an interview with relevant adults and the patient, will review past documents and reports, and may conduct a basic physical examination if appropriate. The paediatric trainee or paediatrician does not directly administer assessments such as cognitive or behavioural tests. In addition to scheduled telehealth/face to face assessment time, the paediatric trainee or paediatrician is allocated additional consultation, and report writing time to complete their report.

Psychological assessment may be performed or assisted by a provisional psychologist or psychology registrar who is under supervision from a Patches psychologist. The provisional psychologist, psychology registrar or psychologist will conduct an interview with relevant adults and the patient, will review past documents and reports, and will administer any relevant behavioural questionnaires and assessments. In addition to scheduled telehealth/face to face assessment time, the provisional psychologist, psychology registrar or psychologist is allocated additional consultation, and report writing time to complete their report.

As part of its commitment to simplifying the journey for individuals and families, Patches delivers a comprehensive report within 14 days of an assessment. A copy of the report will be emailed to the family member listed on the referral form, as well as the referring General Practitioner or specialist.

Our FASD assessments are available both via telehealth and face-to-face at one of our national clinics.

In order to assist our team of clinicians determine the most appropriate assessment for your child the following types of documents may be useful: 

-Medical Records from birth hospital

-Medical Reports and Letters (i.e. Paediatricians, Specialists)

-Allied Health Reports 

-School IEP and Reports 

-School Psychology Reports

NB – Behavioural screening questionnaires will be sent via email to the nominated contact. And may need to be forwarded on to additional recipients (e.g., school, youth justice officer, carer) for completion. These behavioural screening questionnaires must be completed and returned 2-weeks before the scheduled assessment.

The Patches assessment process may involve an assessment team that includes a medical doctor, speech pathologist, psychologist, and occupational therapist. Patches provides all of these assessments in a coordinated diagnostic process to reduce the cost to individuals and families, and to simplify their journey. Our diagnostic reports are completed within a short timeframe, and following a diagnosis, Patches can provide ongoing support and therapy services. The goal of our assessment process is to:

Step 1- Understanding your needs and goals: Gathering academic, behavioural and past assessment information from school and home, via referral forms and screening questionnaires.

Step 2 – Listening to you: Asking what your goals and priorities are with the assessment. Then taking a full developmental history in a diagnostic interview from individuals or carers, including information about pregnancy and infancy, through early childhood and to the current time.

Step 3 – Assessing strengths, challenges, and symptoms: Speaking with, observing, and interacting with the child, adolescent or adult either in person or via telehealth, using evidence-based and standardised questionnaires or assessments.

Step 4 – Making sense of things and providing the pathway forward: Our clinicians will thoughtfully prepare a written diagnostic report and communicate this via email to with the client or family and the referring doctor. Recommendations for therapy and support will be provided. Families and clients can book a feedback session with one of our clinicians if they wish to discuss or clarify their diagnostic report.

After the assessment report is completed and distributed –

Families and clients can book a further session with one of our clinicians if they wish to discuss or clarify their diagnostic report. This is separate from the assessment itself and we would allocate a 45-minute appointment either face-to-face or via telehealth at a cost of $550.

Patches cannot guarantee that medications will be recommended, or that medication management and support will be provided after an assessment.

A range of neurodevelopmental conditions may be screened for during an assessment, however, a full diagnostic assessment cannot be provided for multiple conditions during one session.

The length of an assessment varies depending on the developmental concern, individual complexity, and clinicians required. We aim to complete most assessments on the one day, within a few hours. Our assessment team staff will advise the length of your child’s assessment at the time of booking.

For most assessments both parents or caregivers and the child are required to be in attendance, either in person or via telehealth. For Medicare eligible appointments, the child or client always needs to be present at the practice.  

Our friendly team happy to assist with any queries you may have. Please contact: assessments@patches.com.au or Ph. 1300 111 728 to get in touch with us today.

Close the Gap: Watch TedTalks presentation by Patches Founder and CEO, Dr James Fitzpatrick. Dr Fitzpatrick explores the vital research underpinning the ‘Making FASD History’ campaign, a campaign which aims to improve the trajectory of the next generation of young Indigenous Australians through FASD awareness and prevention.

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Learn more about the therapy services we provide.