Resources for health professionals

Health professionals have an important role in advising women about the consequences of alcohol use in pregnancy, identifying at-risk drinking and supporting women to stop drinking when pregnant or planning pregnancy. The following tools and resources are intended to support health professionals in this role.

Hazards of alcohol use by pregnant women and women of reproductive age encourages health professionals to ask women about their alcohol use and advise them not to drink alcohol if they are pregnant or planning a pregnancy.
ABC Alcohol for Pregnancy provides a practical, three-step guide to help primary care health professionals address alcohol use in pregnancy in their conversations with women.

Pregnant? Trying? Don’t drink. is a short pamphlet health professionals can give to women as part of a conversation about alcohol use in pregnancy.

Taking Action on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: 2016-2019 - An action plan is New Zealand's national policy document. For more information and to download or order the action plan, go to the Ministry of Health's website.

Early Pregnancy Assessment Tool discussed at 2016 RNZCGP Conference

Check out Dr John McMenamin talking about how the Early Pregnancy Assessment Tool works in primary care to support pregnant women.

Alcohol and Pregnancy discussed at 2015 RNZCGP Conference

Check out Dr John McMenamin talking with Kiri Milne from HPA about health professionals’ role in addressing alcohol use in pregnancy.