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Providing the evidence base to reduce harmful AOD use in
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
The Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) prevention program team offers education and support to antenatal clients and their family; providing sessions throughout their pregnancy on FASD, alcohol and other drugs and contraception in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.
The team have developed cultural, gender and age appropriate program plans and resources which are used when working with individuals, groups, and at community events. These resources are also displayed at places frequented by the community such as other Aboriginal corporations, Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service clinics, local hotels, schools, the picture theatre and supermarkets.
The program provides regular education sessions, including sexual health, to students, both at town and community schools and out of school at camps and young people programs.
The FASD prevention program has sustained an all of community approach, to education about FASD, using innovative and imaginative ways to increase community knowledge.
The program was originally funded through Miriuwung Gajerrong Ord Enhancement Scheme but is now funded by the Council of Australian Governments.
Abstract adapted from Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service
Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service (OVAHS)
1125 Ironwood Drive
PO Box 216
Kununurra WA 6743
Ph: (08) 9168 1288
Fax: (08) 9168 2053