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Alcohol in pregnancy

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Many people still have misconceptions about the safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy, with some still believing it is safe for women to drink during pregnancy. This activity aims to encourage GPs to routinely discuss alcohol and pregnancy with women, and to provide advice that is consistent with Australian guidelines.

This activity is a key component of the Women Want to Know initiative, 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.

Relevance to General Practice

General practitioners (GPs) have a pivotal role to play in addressing the alcohol usage of women who are currently pregnant, planning a pregnancy or are simply of childbearing age. Some GPs may feel uncomfortable asking women about their alcohol consumption, particularly during a pregnancy. However, the evidence highlights clearly that women want, and expect, their GPs to provide them with information about issues that affect their pregnancy and baby, and that includes alcohol. Pregnancy can often be a great motivator for women to improve their health, however some of these women may require additional support to help them to reduce or stop their alcohol consumption. GPs need to be able to identify these women and provide them with appropriate help.

Learning outcomes
  • Provide advice to all women who are pregnant or planning pregnancy that is consistent with the NHMRC Alcohol Guidelines about alcohol consumption during pregnancy
  • 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, such as AUDIT-C.
  • 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

    • Effective communication is used in challenging situations

    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

    • Patient confidentiality is managed appropriately

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Pregnancy care
    • Women's health
    • Addiction medicine
    • Sexual and reproductive health
    Activity sponsor

    Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education

    Delivery
    Title
    Alcohol in pregnancy
    Location
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    Duration
    1 hr
    Start Date
    01-Jan-2020
    End Date
    31-Dec-2020
    CPD Points
    2 cpd
    Price
    Free
    Location
    Online
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