There are a number of helpful resources available for health professionals and women about pregnancy and alcohol. All the resources from the Women Want to Know project can be ordered in hard copy and can be ordered free of charge from our resources and publications. Some other resources are also included.
The Women Want to Know project resourcesWomen Want to Know: Information for Health Professionals on pregnancy and alcohol
This leaflet for health professionals includes guidance for health professionals on asking pregnant women and women of child-bearing age about their alcohol consumption. The leaflet also discusses the National Health and Medical Research Council's Australian Guidelines to reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and the underlying evidence supporting these guidelines.
Women Want to Know: Information for Health Professionals on assessing alcohol consumption in Pregnancy using (AUDIT-C)
This leaflet is for health professionals on how to use the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test – Consumption (AUDIT-C) to assess a woman’s alcohol consumption in pregnancy. The leaflet outlines what information and guidance to provide women with following the AUDIT-C.
Women Want to Know: Information for women about pregnancy and alcohol
This leaflet to be given to consumers by health professionals includes information on alcohol for women who are pregnant or planning pregnancy. The leaflet contains advice on the National Health and Medical Research Council's Australian Guidelines to reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, guidance on avoiding alcohol during pregnancy, health professional support sources for consumers, and information on the group of conditions caused by alcohol use in pregnancy known as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
The Women Want to Know project
This leaflet outlines the development of the Women Want to Know project and outlines the resources that are available to support health professionals in discussing alcohol use and pregnancy.
Hard copies of these resources can be ordered at resources and publications page
The Women Want to Know project videos of health professionals discussing alcohol consumption with pregnant womenThe following videos show the experiences of women when discussing alcohol with their health professionals. These videos show that women feel reassured by the information they receive.
Video: General Practitioner discussing alcohol with pregnant woman who drank in her previous pregnancy.
Video: Midwife discussing alcohol with pregnant woman who had a binge drinking occasion.
Video: General Practitioner reflecting on the conversation with the pregnant woman who drank in her previous pregnancy.
Video: Midwife reflecting on the conversation with the pregnant woman who had a binge drinking occasion.
Video: A pregnant woman (Verity) outlining what information she wants to receive from health professionals about alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
Video: A pregnant woman (Olivia) outlining what information she wants to receive from health professionals about alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
Video: A new mother (Alex) outlining what information she wants to receive from health professionals about alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
Video: Dr Steve Hambleton, President of the Australian Medical Association outlining the importance of the Women Want to Know project.
The Women Want to Know project online accredited training programsThe Women Want to Know project supports the development and maintenance of health professionals’ knowledge and skills relevant to promoting awareness of the National Health and Medical Research Council's Australian Guidelines to reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol among women who are pregnant, planning pregnancy or are breastfeeding. Online e-Learning courses with Continuing Professional Development accreditation are available through the:
- Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
- Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
- Australian College of Midwives
The Australian Standard Drink by the National Health and Medical Research CouncilA standard drink is any drink containing 10 grams of alcohol. Standard drinks are used as a way to keep track of how much alcohol a person consumes.
The Standard Drinks Guide developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council demonstrates what a standard drink looks like in different beverages and container sizes.
Resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
Drug and Alcohol Office WA: ‘Strong Spirit Strong Future: promoting healthy women and pregnancies’ resourceStrong Spirit Strong Future: promoting healthy women and pregnancies resource centres on prevention, and is designed for Aboriginal people and communities. The project and resource aims to raise awareness of the National Health and Medical Research Council's Australian Guidelines to reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol about alcohol consumption when planning a pregnancy, during pregnancy and when breastfeeding. Strong Spirit Strong Future includes the development of culturally secure resources, community awareness media campaign, and training and education for health professionals and other workers.
Northern Territory Government Department of Health and Families: ‘Grog: making the change’ flipchart/DVDGrog: making the change is a comprehensive evidence based and practical resource for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community groups and workers. The Resource includes brief interventions and motivational Interviewing techniques and incorporates Cognitive Based Therapy (CBT) in a narrative (story telling) context. Therapists are supported by the Resource to engage and intervene with male and female clients and/or their families that are directly or indirectly affected by alcohol misuse. Additionally the Resource provides a number of support networks available for referral options.
Telethon Research Institute for Child Health: Alcohol and Pregnancy and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: a Resource for Health ProfessionalsThe Alcohol and Pregnancy and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: a Resource for Health Professionals contains materials that support health professionals to address the issue of alcohol use in pregnancy. The Resource provides information on:
- Women’s alcohol use before and during pregnancy;
- The possible effects of alcohol consumption during pregnancy;
- Strategies for health professionals to ask, assess, advise, assist and arrange support for women around the issue of alcohol use in pregnancy; and
- Resources related to alcohol use in pregnancy are available to health professionals.
NSW Department of Health: ‘Drink-less’ ProgramDrink-less was developed for health practitioners to use in detection and treatment of risky drinking. Drink-less was developed for use in Australian primary health care settings, with content based on the World Health Organization developed AUDIT. The package includes:
- Guidelines for GPs;
- Guidelines for receptionists;
- The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test, known as AUDIT;
- A scoring template for AUDIT;
- A visual aid to assist GPs & health workers in providing interventions; and
- Patient self-help booklets.
Drug and Alcohol Office WA: ‘No Alcohol During Pregnancy is the Safest Choice’ CampaignThe Government of Western Australia Drug and Alcohol Office launched a campaign in 2012 called ‘No Alcohol During Pregnancy is the Safest Choice.’ This is the West Australian campaign to target alcohol use during pregnancy in the general population. The campaign featured television adverts and posters appropriate for health professionals to publicly display, which advises the audience that "If you're pregnant, no alcohol is the safest choice. Give your baby the best start."
- Alcohol and pregnancy: Resources for Health Professionals
- Alcohol and pregnancy - A4 fact sheet
- No alcohol in pregnancy is the safest choice - wallet card for women
- Frequently Asked Questions
Government of Western Australia Department of Health Child and Youth Health Network: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Model of CareThe Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Model of Care developed by the Child and Youth Health Network in Western Australia prioritises the use of prevention strategies to reduce the prevalence of FASD. This Model of Care details methods of prevention, screening and early detection, and diagnosis, and also includes information for organisations, agencies and stakeholders regarding advocacy, partnerships and coordination on the issue of FASD. Recommendations relating to monitoring, evaluation and surveillance of the incidence of FASD in the Australian population are also discussed in the Model of Care.
DVD: the story of alcohol use in pregnancy and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum DisordersThis DVD is written and narrated by one of Australia's leaders in the field, paediatrician Professor Elizabeth Elliot from the University of Sydney and filmed by cinematographer Melanie Hogan. It is a 'must watch' for anyone involved in the care and education of children, the DVD explains the risk of alcohol consumption during pregnancy and provides an invaluable overview of FASD - its characteristics, diagnosis and prevention.
The DVD can be ordered through the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education's website, or viewed online.
The Women Want to Know campaign has also been adapted by the New South Wales Ministry of Health, and by the Northern Territory Department of Health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. In New South Wales, the Stay Strong Stay Healthy resources have been designed for both women and health professionals, as have the Yarning About Alcohol in Pregnancy Resources in the Northern Territory.
NSW: Information for health professionals advising Aboriginal women about alcohol and pregnancy
NT: Yarning about alcohol and pregnancy - staff advice card