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 each with a self-evaluation questionnaires.
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. A Certificate of Completion for continuing professional development purposes, can be requested upon completion of all modules and submitted questionnaires (see details below).
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
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
3.1 Assessment and screening
3.2 Units of alcohol and standard drinks
3.3 Screening tools
3.4 Links and references
4.1 The motivational interview and implementation of motivational interview strategies
4.2 Putting it into practice
4.3 Links and references
For inquiries contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Alcohol Healthwatch +64 9 5207037.
Certificate of Completion
Health professionals who require a certificate of completion can request this on completion of all four modules and evaluations. At the end of each module there is a short self-evaluation questionnaire that can be completed and returned electronically, by mail or by fax. A certificate will be issued following receipt of all four completed questionnaires (please note that certificates are not issued automatically). A certificate may be eligible for professional development points for those registered in the fields of Midwifery, General Practice or Addictions.
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