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This two year project will work closely with a National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander FASD Prevention Reference Group, the Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Office, and key stakeholders throughout Australia. It aims to develop templates that can be used in the production of culturally secure and appropriate resources to assist health professionals in Aboriginal and Torres Strait health care settings across Australia to address the issues of alcohol and pregnancy and Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). Culturally secure and appropriate resources about alcohol and pregnancy developed from the templates will assist health professionals in increasing their own and their clients' understanding of the risks of drinking alcohol, drinking alcohol whilst pregnant, and breastfeeding. In turn, it is hoped this will encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to stop drinking alcohol during pregnancy, or where this is not possible, to reduce their alcohol consumption.
National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) abstract
Professor Sherry Saggers
Professor and Project Leader
National Drug Research Institute
Ph: (08) 9266 1605
Fax: (08) 9266 1611