We recommend LDATs support communities to deliver existing, evidence-informed Alcohol and Pregnancy projects in their community.
A number of evidence-informed projects exist in Australia. These include:
A number of other awareness-raising campaigns and education programs focused on reducing alcohol consumption during pregnancy are delivered across Australia, including online learning packages, face-to-face training, workshops, seminars and conferences. Many focus specifically on preventing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). LDATs can contact the following two reputable organisations to explore their current training opportunities and whether they are relevant and available to deliver in their community:
We recommend LDATs link community organisations with existing, evidence-informed Alcohol and Pregnancy projects. Be mindful that the way that projects are delivered has an impact on desired outcomes (see below Critical considerations for the delivery of Alcohol and Pregnancy projects).
Review section below Resources required and Delivering Alcohol and Pregnancy projects: Key Steps for insight into what is required when supporting communities to develop Alcohol and Pregnancy projects.
Delivering evidence-informed projects is complex and challenging. The quality of the delivery has an impact on desired outcomes, meaning that projects, even effective ones, may not produce the desired effects for parents and children. Therefore, attention to how a program is delivered or implemented is as important to child, parent and community outcomes as what is delivered.
It is important that Alcohol and Pregnancy projects to reduce alcohol consumption during pregnancy are:
Some factors that contribute to alcohol consumption include:
Your group may decide to select one or a combination of these factors to address in your efforts to reduce alcohol consumption during pregnancy in your community. These factors may help you define the objectives of your project and guide you in your decision making about partnerships and resources.
Setting objectives for your Community Action Plan is an important part of the planning process.
Some example objectives for Alcohol and Pregnancy projects are provided below. Groups can develop their own objectives, although you may find these a useful starting point.
Communities that are delivering existing programs such as Pregnant Pause can use and/or adapt the objectives already established for these programs.
Strong partnerships are critical to your success in preventing alcohol and other drug harms in the community.
LDATs will work with a variety of different community partners to deliver Alcohol and Pregnancy projects, such as health care services and organisations that work directly with pregnant women and their partners and people undergoing family planning. You may also choose to work directly with service providers to facilitate referral pathways for pregnant women who want to discuss or engage with treatment for alcohol issues.
LDAT partners can support Alcohol and Pregnancy projects in many different ways, including delivering projects, promoting programs, recruiting participants, providing expert trainers, financial support, and much more.
The specific intervention being delivered may influence the type of individuals, networks and organisations that your group partners with.
Partners may include:
All Alcohol and Pregnancy programs need to be adequately resourced. Below is an indicative list of resources required for community organisations to effectively deliver Alcohol and Pregnancy projects. LDATs may be able to support community organisations by providing some of these resources or linking them to other partners who can provide additional support.