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It’s time to have the conversation: Understanding the treatment needs of women who are pregnant and alcohol dependent

This report presents a narrative literature review of treatments available to pregnant women who have alcohol use disorders and findings from interviews with key stakeholders regarding current treatment practices and areas requiring improvement.

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Novel treatments for alcohol dependence: A randomized controlled trial of structured stepped-care intervention for psychiatric comorbidity

A substantial proportion of the alcohol dependent population also suffer from anxiety or depression. People who are alcohol dependent and suffer psychiatric comorbidity respond poorly to treatment.

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Alcohol use disorder and cognitive impairment among older homeless persons: Implications for service delivery

This report presents the findings of a pilot study examining the needs of older homeless clients with a history of problematic alcohol use and early cognitive decline.

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Alcohol action in rural communities

The Alcohol Action in Rural Communities (AARC) project partnered with ten experimental rural communities in New South Wales to devise, coordinate and implement a community action strategy to reduce alcohol harms.

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Improving services to families affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)

This research report examined ways to improve services to families affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).

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Adolescent risky drinking: Sources of alcohol and the role of parents

The project specifically explored the role of parents in supplying alcohol, as well as parental attitudes towards young people’s drinking.

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Researching people with problematic alcohol consumption and mental health and cognitive disabilities in the criminal justice system

This randomised trial of adolescents presenting to hospital emergency departments in Perth with problems related to alcohol or other drug use, used the then recently implemented system of linking records in hospitals and medical practices in Western Australia. The aim of this research was to validate the use of hospital record linkage procedures as a method of collecting follow-up data and to use this methodology to assemble outcome data on the study cohort.

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The impact of alcohol use during pregnancy on maternal health, neonatal outcomes, and infant development

This project is a longitudinal follow-up of a pilot study of pregnant women and their partners when their children reached 12 months of age. This study examines the impact of parental alcohol use during pregnancy on maternal health, neonatal outcomes, and infant development. This study hypothesised that women in the non-clinical group would be less likely than women in the clinical group to report exposure to violence and poor mental health including antenatal depression, anxiety, and stress.

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The Australian alcohol treatment outcome measure

The aim of this project was to develop and test a suitable standard tool ‘the Australian Alcohol Treatment Outcome Measure’ (AATOM) to measure the outcome of alcohol treatment to serve the needs of health professionals and their clients, policy makers, funding bodies, and the research community.

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Evidence-based healthy lifestyle brief intervention on alcohol, tobacco, nutrition, and physical activity

The project aims to develop a research plan for a major study and or research trial of the lifestyle intervention, including an evaluation of its effectiveness at changing behaviours and overall cost effectiveness.