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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Healthy pregnancies, healthy babies for Koori communities

 

Overview

The Healthy pregnancies, healthy babies for Koori communities project aimed to identify levels of awareness of Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) in the Victorian Koori community, and to develop culturally appropriate information and training materials.

Resources were developed with a positive message about drinking less, smoking less and eating healthy food; and placing the issue of FAS in a holistic framework with culturally appropriate images. 

One of the key messages was 'Less is Better, None is Best'  and other resources also highlighted that it’s a community responsibility to support a pregnant woman to be healthy: 'Our Kids—Our Community—Our Responsibility'.

This project highlights the importance of pregnant women receiving support from family, friends and the community.

This project was part of the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation's (VACCHO) Koori maternity strategy which aims to support Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) to improve birthing experiences and birthing outcomes for Aboriginal women in Victoria.

Abstract adapted from Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO)

Contacts

Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO)
17 - 23 Sackville Street
PO Box 1328
Collingwood Vic 3066
Ph: (03) 9411 9411
Fax: (03) 9411 9599
Email: enquiries@vaccho.com.au

Related publications

Pyettfor P, Loughron K, Waples-Crowe P, Williams R (2007)

Fetal alcohol syndrome: a literature review for the ‘Healthy pregnancies, healthy babies for Koori communities' project.

Melbourne: Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

Healthy pregnancies, healthy babies for Koori communities (2007)

Victorian Department of Health

This flipchart was developed by the Victorian Department of Health for the Healthy pregnancies, healthy babies for Koori communities project. It covers a range of topics including:

Each section provides clear and easy to understand information on the topic with the flipside showing a diagram or photos to illustrate the key ideas for the topic.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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Last updated: 21 March 2014
 
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