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Activity description

120145 - Alcohol in pregnancy


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

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.

Learning outcomes

  1. provide advice to all women who are pregnant or planning pregnancy that is consistent with the NHMRC Alcohol Guidelines about alcohol consumption during pregnan
  2. 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
  3. 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
  • Communication is clear, respectful, empathic and appropriate to the person and their sociocultural context

D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
  • The conduct of the consultation is appropriate to the needs of the patient and the sociocultural context

D3. Population health and the context of general practice
  • The patterns and prevalence of disease are incorporated into screening and management practices

D4. Professional and ethical role
  • Duty of care is maintained

D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

Curriculum Contextual Units

  • Women's health
  • Addiction medicine
  • Sexual and reproductive health

Partnering organisations

Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education

Activity sponsor

Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education

Session summary


Friday 22 Dec 2017 12:00am - Tuesday 31 Dec 2019 12:00am

This activity is readily available at any time







All attendees welcome

Target Audience

GPs and practice team

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