Professor Elizabeth Elliott AM
Elizabeth is a Chief Investigator on the Lililwan Project. She is Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health and Honorary Professor in the School of Public Health and The George Institute for Global Health in Sydney Medical School, the University of Sydney.
She is an NHMRC Practitioner Fellow; Founder/Director of the Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit; and Head of the Centre for Evidence-Based Paediatrics in Sydney. She is involved in clinical service, research, teaching, and translation of policy regarding FASD.
Elizabeth runs a FASD diagnostic service at the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (Westmead) in a pilot clinic funded by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) and is the senior Paediatrician on the Lililwan Project clinical team. She co-led a national collaboration to develop screening and diagnostic tools for FASD for Australia.
Her research includes studies on the incidence of FAS; knowledge and attitudes of health professionals and women regarding alcohol use in pregnancy and FASD; services and treatments for FASD; birth defects associated with alcohol exposure in utero; and evaluation of educational materials for health professionals and communities.
She is a Chief Investigator on three NHMRC project grants relating to alcohol in pregnancy: Asking Questions About Alcohol; Impact of parental alcohol and other substance use on infant development; and The Lililwan Project. She supervises three PhD and three Masters students studying FASD.
Elizabeth is also involved in translating research into policy. She was on the committee that developed the NHMRC Australian Alcohol Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol (2009) and spokesperson at the national media launch. As Deputy Chair of the Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs Working Party on FASD, she briefed Ministers and advisors in health, education and justice through the Ministerial Council on Drugs Strategy and contributed to and edited a Monograph on FASD in Australia for DoHA. She provided advice on FASD to the Prime Minister’s Science Engineering Innovation Council’s Working Party on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, prompting a targeted call for NHMRC funding on FASD.
She is a member of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians Alcohol Working Group; the NSW FASD Advisory Group; and the FARE Alcohol Guidelines Project Working Group and Action Plan Working Group. International contributions include membership of the World Health Organisation Guideline Development Group for the Identification and Management of Alcohol and Other Substance Use in Pregnancy; the Canadian FASD Research Network Committee to develop a single set of diagnostic terms for FASD; the Committee to develop the Edmonton Charter for the Prevention of FASD; and the Expert Advisory Group for the University of British Columbia’s annual International FASD Conference in Canada.
She teaches in the Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health (Substance Use) at the University of Sydney and is regularly invited to present in the media and at conferences nationally and internationally.