Online scan of FASD prevention and health promotion resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

Hayley Williams, Nikki A. Percival, Nicole Hewlett, Rahni B. J. Cassady, Sven Silburn

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    Issue addressed: Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) includes a range of life‐long impairments caused by alcohol exposure in utero. Health professionals are vital to preventing FASD but many are hesitant to discuss FASD with clients due to their need for additional resources to aid the conversation. This scan sought to identify the scope and gaps in publicly available FASD prevention and health promotion resources, and assess their cultural appropriateness for use among five key groups of Indigenous Australian people including: (i) pregnant women, (ii)women of childbearing age, (iii) grandmothers and aunties, (iv) men, and (v)health professionals.

    Methods: Relevant resources published 1995‐2017 were identified through the Australian Indigenous Health Info Net, FASD organisation websites,grey literature, Google searches, and field experts. Results were screened by inclusion and cultural appropriateness criteria developed and piloted by the research team, and further screened by health professionals attending FASD training workshops.

    Results: 115 of the 2146 identified resources were eligible. Relevant resources were found for all five key groups; however, no resources were specifically designed for men, grandmothers or aunties.

    Conclusions: A range of high‐quality, culturally appropriate resources were identified, however, health professionals attending the training workshops were not aware of their availability. Further resource development is suggested for men, grandmothers and aunties.

    Sow hat?: Prioritisation of active dissemination and implementation strategies is suggested to increase awareness and use of future resource developments. The inclusion of a resource trial among health professionals is are commended strategy to increase awareness and use of newly developed resources.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)31-38
    Number of pages8
    JournalHealth Promotion Journal of Australia
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018


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