Please click here to view the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Prevention and Health Promotion Resources Package (2017).

Aims:

To develop and implement a flexible module package of FASD Prevention and Health Promotion Resources (FPHPR) to reduce the impacts of FASD on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and young children.

Objectives:
  1. For the FPHPR package to be implemented through the New Directions: Mothers and Babies Services (NDMBS) in community controlled and other health services across Australia
  2. For the package to also address other antenatal health risks (smoking, substance abuse; sexual and reproductive health issues)
  3. For the package to include data collection tools adapted to the needs of NDMBS to facilitate routine collection of nKPI data
  4.  For the package to include a set of discrete FASD education and awareness modules targeting five key NDMBS client groups
Summary:

The Australian Government, Department of Health has contracted Menzies to develop and implement a flexible, modular package of FASD Prevention and Health Promotion Resources (FPHPR) to reduce the impacts of FASD on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.  In partnership with National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation and Telethon Kids Institute, Menzies are using a ‘train-the-trainer’ approach to enable services to make the self-assessments needed in tailoring the resources for local circumstances, particularly community needs and local workforce capacity.

The project expects to achieve the following outcomes:

  1. FASD prevention and health promotion resources are available for NDMBS services developing and implementing community-driven strategies and solutions

  2. Education materials targeting clinicians, families and communities on alcohol, smoking & other causes of adverse pregnancy outcomes are more widely available.  

  3. A survey measure is developed for monitoring service provider’s knowledge, awareness and practice regarding risks to pregnancy. This includes women who drink alcohol, and/or smoke, who are either pregnant, of child bearing age, are planning a pregnancy, or sexually active and not using contraception

  4. NDMBSs are able to establish information systems to measure the impact of brief antenatal care interventions for at-risk women undertaken in consultation with organizations engaged by the Department of Health for
    monitoring Primary Health Care program effectiveness

Implications for policy and practice:

The primary benefit of the FPHPR package and training workshops is to enhance health professionals’ capacity to raise the issue of alcohol consumption with antenatal clients, and to provide resources and training that assist them to do this. In addition, the NDMBS will be able to use the data collection tools and nKPI indicator to monitor their progress in reducing rates of alcohol consumption in pregnancy in their clients and for continuous quality improvement within their service. Collecting data on alcohol use in pregnancy data will provide a more accurate presentation of this issue in Australia to better inform policy and practice at a national level.

Chief investigators:
Key staff:
Contact information:
  • Nicole Hewlett – Project Manager

Project dates:
  • February 2015 – June 2017

Partners
  • NACCHO
  • Telethon Kids Institute
Funders
  • Australian Government, Department of Health
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