Pregnancy & Alcohol Cessation Toolkit
An Education Resource for Health Professionals
A collaborative project between Alcohol Healthwatch and the University of Otago, funded by the Ministry of Health
This resource aims to improve health professional’s consultation confidence and competence to optimise the implementation of the Ministry of Health’s practical guide on alcohol and pregnancy.
In 2010 the New Zealand Ministry of Health produced a guide for healthcare professionals engaging with clients on the topic of drinking during pregnancy and the associated risk: “Alcohol and pregnancy: A practical guide for health professionals.”
To facilitate the capability of health professionals to have these consultations in everyday clinical practice ‘The Pregnancy and Alcohol Cessation Toolkit' an educational resource for Health Professionals' has been developed.
EXPERTISE: The Toolkit has been developed by members of a Working Group comprised of experts in Addiction Medicine, Midwifery, General Practice including Practice Nursing, Paediatrics, Psychiatry and Public Health and through consultation with a broad range of key stakeholders organisations in the health sector (see acknowledgements).
To prompt and support health professionals to:
- Ask about and assess alcohol and other drug use by women who are planning or who are pregnant
- Provide brief advice about not drinking alcohol when planning a pregnancy or when pregnant and explain why this is important
- Assist women who are having difﬁculty stopping, or whose drinking is problematic, and refer them to a specialist addiction treatment service
This educational resource comprises 4 modules.
Reading through the modules, viewing the video material, completing the feedback questionnaires and then implementing the skills in one’s everyday clinical setting, should improve one’s knowledge and skills in delivery of a collaborative, empathic and motivational intervention.
You can choose to complete the modules as they appear online below or by downloading the complete workbook.
Click to download the complete workbook (8.21 MB PDF)
1.1 Facts about alcohol use in pregnancy
1.2 Prevalence of drinking during pregnancy
1.3 Links and references
1.5 Module evaluation
2.1 How alcohol affects the fetus and child
2.3 Evidence on dose, timing and risk
2.4 Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
2.5 Links and references
2.7 Module evaluation
3.1 Assessment and screening
3.2 Units of alcohol and standard drinks
3.3 Screening tools
3.4 Links and references
3.6 Module evaluation
4.1 The motivational interview and implementation of motivational interview strategies
4.2 Putting it into practice
4.3 Links and references
4.5 Module evaluation
For inquiries contact email@example.com or phone Alcohol Healthwatch +64 9 5207037.
Certificate of Completion
Health professionals who require a certificate of completion can request this on completion of the modules. At the end of each module there are two short evaluation questionnaires that can be completed and returned electronically, by mail or by fax. A certificate will be issued following receipt of all completed questionnaires (please note the certificates are not issued automatically).