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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

New Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources on alcohol and pregnancy

The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) has collaborated with the New South Wales (NSW) Ministry of Health and the Northern Territory (NT) Department of Health to release a series of new resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, which focus on alcohol and pregnancy.

Adapted as part of FARE's Women want to know campaign, which supports health professionals to have conversations with women about alcohol and pregnancy, the resources aim to assist health care practitioners, educators, drug and alcohol workers and Aboriginal Health Practitioners to assess and provide interventions for alcohol and other drug use with clients.

In NSW, the resources have been adapted as part of the Stay strong stay healthy resources, which promotes the importance of staying healthy and avoiding alcohol and other drugs during pregnancy. In the NT, the resources were developed as part of the Yarning about...series, in conjunction with Menzies School of Health Research and Aboriginal and Islander Initiative. In response to increasing concerns regarding ice (methamphetamine), a Yarning about ice resource was also developed, to enable multi-discplinary primary health care staff to provide brief interventions on ice use and harm minimisation strategies.

Links:

* View resource: Stay strong and healthy pregnancy videos
* View resource: Stay strong and healthy: pregnancy resources for Aboriginal women
* View resource: Yarning about alcohol and pregnancy
* View resource: Yarning about ice
* View website: Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE)

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