Aims:

This project, funded by the Australian Government Department of Health, 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 contracted with 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 the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation and Telethon Kids Institute, Menzies used 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 achieved 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.  

Implications for policy and practice:

The primary benefit of the FPHPR package and training workshops was to enhance health professionals’ capacity to raise the issue of alcohol consumption with antenatal clients, and to provide resources and training tio achieve this outcome. 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:
  • Professor Sven Silburn (retired)

Key staff:
Contact information:
Project dates:
  • February 2015 – June 2017

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

Menzies School of Health Research, in partnership with the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation and the Telethon Kids Institute, developed and implemented a flexible, modular package of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Prevention and Health Promotion Resources (FPHPR). The FPHPR Package aims to prevent and reduce the impact of FASD in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and young children by providing health professionals with access to culturally appropriate resources to enhance their capacity to provide accurate, consistent information on the risks associated with alcohol consumption during pregnancy. These resources are intended to be delivered via face to face training.

This work was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.

If you are having difficulty accessing these files, please contact: communications@menzies.edu.au for an alternate version to be sent to you.

Introduction Training Modules 1 - 4 are provided as PDF documents on this site. To use in your workshop you can export the document to PowerPoint.

Module 1: What is FASD?

Module 2: Brief intervention and motivational interviewing

Module 3: Monitoring and evaluating

Module 4: Sharing health information

FPHPR Project Participant Workbook

FPHPR Facilitator Manual

FPHPR Project Resources Directory

FPHPR Project Final Report

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