Making FASD History: A multi-site prevention program
The focus of this program is building capacity in local organisations so that communities can own and continue to lead FASD prevention activity after the research is finished. The program aims to support communities to use consistent information and messages about drinking in pregnancy and FASD utilising existing national and regional FASD prevention resources.
Telethon Kids is extending its work across a further two sites to implement components of the Marulu strategy, which target community health promotion activity and workforce education and training. Guided by a local community reference group in each site, the Program will focus on sustainability, and building capacity in local services so that communities can own and continue to lead FASD prevention activity.
We are working with our partners to address the risks associated with women’s alcohol consumption, especially while pregnant. Based on local priorities and identified needs we will work with the organisations to:
develop localised “models of care” for referral and support pathways
targeted localised health promotion activities
workforce development, focused on screening and brief interventions during pregnancy
Two sites are participating in this project: Alice Springs, NT and Newcastle, NSW.
In Alice Springs, project activities are focused on:
Prevention mapping: Via an environmental scan of FASD prevention-related activities, programs and services in Central Australia.
Developing community health messages: Including messages for community education and health promotion
Raising community awareness and understanding about FASD: Though the design and delivery of culturally appropriate education activities in schools and the wider community, and the development and implementation of a media-based health promotion campaign.
Workforce capacity building and training: By promoting clear and consistent messages on the impacts of harmful alcohol consumption and providing to frontline staff.
FASD models of care/ client pathways: By developing client pathways for various demographic groups for the management of alcohol and other drug use.
The Making FASD History team in Newcastle developed a number of resources for use in classrooms and the justice system in 2020.
The Newcastle FASD Youth Justice Model of Care Handbook and posters are designed to provide people working in the youth justice sector and other related sectors with information about FASD, and resources about how and where to refer young people who may have FASD or other neurodevelopmental disorders who come into contact with the Youth Justice System. Information about services and supports is listed at the end of the document.