Other tools and resources

Below is a list of other organisations’ tools and resources to support health professionals to address the issue of alcohol use in pregnancy

Alcohol and Pregnancy – A practical guide for health professionals (Ministry of Health, 2010) – A guide for health professionals engaging with women on the topic of drinking during pregnancy.

Alcohol and pregnancy and FASD resources for health professionals (Telethon Kids Institute, Western Australia) – These resources were developed by the Telethon Kids Institute to support health professionals to address the issue of alcohol use in pregnancy with women. Resources include a booklet for health professionals, a fact sheet for health professionals and a wallet card for women.

Alcohol Drug Helpline – Provides information for health professionals about specialist addiction services and related referral processes, in addition to offering free, confidential information, help and support relating to alcohol issues (call 0800 787 797, visit their website, or free txt 8681).

AUDIT-C or Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test – Consumption is an internationally recognised alcohol assessment screening tool. It can be used to provide a quick assessment of how much and how often a woman is drinking alcohol.

Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol (National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia).

Implementing the ABC Alcohol Approach in Primary Care (pdf, 4.93MB) (Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and the Health Promotion Agency, 2012) – A clinical effectiveness module which is intended as an implementation guide for general practices wishing to uptake the ABC Alcohol Approach. ABC Alcohol is an opportunistic approach which is used to identify and provide brief advice to patients who engage in harmful drinking. The module covers the basic concepts of ABC alcohol, programme training, IT support for the approach, relevant resources, and integration with College programmes.

Pregnancy & Alcohol Cessation Toolkit – An education resource for health professionals (Alcohol Healthwatch and the University of Otago, 2012) – A companion to the Ministry of Health’s practical guide on alcohol and pregnancy, this online educational toolkit aims to improve health professionals’ confidence and competence in engaging with women on the topic of drinking during pregnancy. It includes scenario videos that demonstrate health professionals discussing drinking during pregnancy with female patients.

Women want to know project (Australian government) – The ‘Women Want to Know’ project encourages health professionals to routinely discuss alcohol and pregnancy with women and to provide advice that is consistent with the National Health and Medical Research Council's Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol. Resources include a leaflet for health professionals on pregnancy and alcohol, a leaflet on assessing alcohol consumption in pregnancy using AUDIT-C, a leaflet for women on pregnancy and alcohol, and videos demonstrating health professionals discussing alcohol and pregnancy with women.