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The Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service foetal alcohol spectrum disorders program was launched in 2009 in response to the incidence of alcohol consumption during pregnancy by women in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. This program specifically targets the population of Kununurra and has been funded by local Aboriginal people through the Miriuwung Gajerrong Ord Enhancement Scheme. It is delivered through the Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service (OVAHS), an Aboriginal community controlled primary health care facility.
The program delivers culturally appropriate foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) education, alcohol and other drug screening and individual counselling to antenatal clients. Initiatives are also directed at partners and family of clients, and the community as a whole. Resources including posters, pamphlets, a DVD and radio advertisements have been developed in consultation with the local Aboriginal population and aim to increase awareness and knowledge of FASD. Other key features of the program include training OVAHS staff (both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal) in alcohol awareness, FASD and contraception, and delivering health promotion outreach at community events and local centres.
Abstract adapted from Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service
Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service (OVAHS)
1125 Ironwood Drive
PO Box 216
Kununurra WA 6743
Ph: (08) 9168 1288
Fax: (08) 9168 2053