Intergovernmental committee on Drugs working party on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Australia: An Update
7.3 Educational resources for health professionals
In 2006, qualitative interviews and focus groups were conducted with health professionals to identify the barriers that health professionals encounter in addressing alcohol use with pregnant women and to elucidate the strategies they use to overcome them (France et al. 2010). Data were collected to inform the development of resources on alcohol use in pregnancy appropriate for Western Australian health professionals to enhance their knowledge and support their practice with pregnant clients. Four educational resources were developed for health professionals about the prevention of prenatal alcohol exposure and FASD. A 38-page booklet, a double-sided laminated fact sheet, a wallet card for health professionals to give to women* and a desktop calendar were distributed to over 3,000 health professionals in WA in 2007. Health professionals were surveyed six months after the distribution of the educational resources, to assess their knowledge, attitudes and practice about FAS and alcohol consumption in pregnancy using similar methods to the previous studies. Responses in 2007 were compared with responses to the same questions in 2002 (for Aboriginal health workers, allied health professionals, community nurses, general practitioners and obstetricians) and 2004 (for paediatricians and paediatric trainees).