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FASD Hub Australia - A new online resource

FASD Hub Australia  is a website that provides information about fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). The website is for health professionals, parents and carers, other professionals (including for justice, education, child protection and disability services), researchers and policy makers.  It includes a service directory of FASD-informed health professionals, plus information on understanding FASD, prevention, assessment and diagnosis, management and interventions.  Alcohol and pregnancy  Drugs that cause birth defects are called 'teratogenic drugs'. One of the most well-known tetratogenic drugs is thalidomide, but many people are unaware that alcohol is a teratogenic drug too. This means drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause brain damage and physical abnormalities to an unborn baby.  Children who have been affected by exposure to alcohol in the womb may suffer a range of adverse effects referred to as FASD which stands for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Abstaining from alcohol is the safest option if you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy, or are breastfeeding as alcohol consumption can harm the developing fetus and breastfeeding baby. Mothers benefit from a supportive and non-judgemental environment to maximise the chances of having a healthy pregnancy. Quitting or reducing alcohol consumption can take more than one attempt, even if you are very committed. No one should feel afraid to talk to their midwife or doctor about their substance use. Women who are alcohol dependent should seek medical advice before quitting alcohol as untreated withdrawal can have adverse effects on the health of the parent and unborn baby. For help quitting or reducing alcohol consumption, phone Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) 24/7 on: 02 9361 8000 for Sydney metropolitan areas or 1800 250 015 for rural and regional NSW. To find our more about FASD, visit the FASD Hub Australia at:  www.fasdhub.org.au 

09/11/2017

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New Quick Guide to Drugs & Alcohol - State Library of NSW

Available now – online and at your local public library – is a new resource that can help to answer your questions about different drugs and alcohol and their effects. The  Quick Guide to Drugs and Alcohol  has a new 3 rd  edition with updated information and new chapters on caffeine and steroids. The book is set out in easy-to-read sections suitable for anyone in the community who wants accurate, factual information about drugs and alcohol. It covers short- and long-term effects of individual drugs, treatment options, the laws that relate to drug use, possession and manufacture, drugs, alcohol and driving, and alcohol, drugs and young people. Written by drug and alcohol experts from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, the book covers alcohol, tobacco and a range of other drugs, such as methamphetamine, cannabis, heroin, cocaine, GHB and hallucinogens. The  Quick Guide to Drugs and Alcohol  is published by Drug Info, a specialist service of the State Library of New South Wales, in partnership with the NSW Ministry of Health. The service manages the Drug Info website, a collection of plain language books and factsheets held in NSW public libraries and public programs delivered by public library staff.  Visit the website:  druginfo.sl.nsw.gov.au 

06/11/2017

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Tackling the availability of alcohol toolkit

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation, in consultation with Community Drug Action Teams (CDATs) and NSW Health, has developed an online toolkit to help community members address the availability of alcohol.  The toolkit provides a step by step guide for people wishing to comment on liquor licence applications in their local region.   Community voices are often missing in the decision-making process for regulating the availability of alcohol. Barriers such as the complexity of the licencing system, being time and resource poor, or not understanding the true level of cost and harms from alcohol all prevent the community from being actively involved. This toolkit aims to remove some of those barriers – starting with communicating the true cost of alcohol in Australia, and why it's important for communities to get involved. The toolkit is a practical guide for community members (and CDATs) to address the harm associated with the density of alcohol outlets in their local region. The toolkit comprises five modules: Module 1: Why it matters Module 2: Being proactive Module 3: Development applications Module 4: Liquor licence applications Module5: More strategies Go to the Alcohol and Drug Foundation website to access the  availability of alcohol toolkit . 

10/10/2017

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