During the past two decades, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) have changed its recommendations about drinking alcohol during pregnancy. These changes have led to fallacies about the safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy, with some women still believing it is safe to drink during pregnancy. This category 2 activity aims to encourage GPs to routinely discuss alcohol and pregnancy with women, and to provide advice that is consistent with NHMRC guidelines.
This activity is a key component of the Women Want to Know campaign, developed by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) in collaboration with leading health professional bodies across Australia and funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. For more information on the Women Want to Know project and to order project resources visit www.alcohol.gov.au.
Relevance to General Practice
General practitioners (GPs) play a pivotal role in addressing alcohol use in women who are pregnant, are planning a pregnancy, or are of childbearing age. Topics covered in this activity include strategies for addressing alcohol use in pregnant women, and the indications for referral and use of support services.
- provide advice to all women who are pregnant or planning pregnancy that is consistent with the NHMRC Alcohol Guidelines about alcohol consumption during pregnan
- outline the importance of asking about alcohol consumption in all women who are pregnant or planning pregnancy and describe a validated tool for assessing this
- provide positive reinforcement, brief intervention or referral according to the assessed risk of harm from alcohol
Domains of General Practice
D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
D4. Professional and ethical role
D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
Curriculum Contextual Units
- Women's health
- Addiction medicine
- Sexual and reproductive health
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