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FASD champions and presenters from last year’s awareness workshops. Image: supplied
Cherbourg Health Service raising awareness for FASD
Cherbourg Health Service marked Women’s Health Week by raising awareness of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD).
FASD is the term used for a range of lifelong physical and neurodevelopment impairments that result from brain damage caused by alcohol exposure before birth.
“Consuming alcohol while pregnant can cause significant damage to the baby in the womb. This damage can have lifelong impacts on physical and cognitive abilities, learning and behaviour, as well as on general health and wellbeing,” Senior Psychologist Cherbourg Health Service Mr Arvind Ponnapalli said.
“The safest option for women and their babies, is to not consume alcohol whilst pregnant or trying to fall pregnant. There is no known safe amount of alcohol or safe time to drink alcohol during pregnancy.
“Alcohol use during pregnancy is prevalent across different communities and countries. We are raising awareness in our community of FASD to try prevent this public health issue.”
Cherbourg Health Service raised awareness of FASD through a Family Health Day. The event was held last week at the hospital.
“This year we have made our FASD awareness campaign interactive with the hope it will leave a lasting impression.
The Cherbourg team has also been actively delivering educational sessions to different groups in the community.
“So far we have presented to different football clubs, developed wallet cards with important local and state- wide services, and developed PowerPoint presentations to capture different audiences,” Mr Ponnapalli said.
“It is really important we make our community aware of the health risks associated with consuming alcohol while pregnant.
“We also want our community, particularly women, to feel that there is support out there for them.”
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