FARE received funding from the Australian Government Department of Health to develop and deliver the National Program from July 2020 to September 2024.
Launching in November this year, the National Program aims to:
- increase Australians’ awareness of the risks associated with alcohol consumption during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, including FASD
- increase the proportion of Australians who are aware that alcohol should not be consumed during pregnancy and that is it safest not to drink alcohol when breastfeeding
- increase the proportion of Australian women who intend to not drink any alcohol during pregnancy and when breastfeeding
The National Program has four streams:
Stream 1: general public
Stream 2: priority groups including women at higher risk of alcohol exposed pregnancies
Stream 3: health professionals
Stream 4: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
The role of the Steering Committee is to provide oversight and expertise during the National Program’s development and implementation.
The members of the Steering Committee are:
National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (NOFASD)
Ms Louise Gray
National Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation (NACCHO)
Ms Dawn Casey
Nunyara Aboriginal Health Unit, NSW Central Coast
Mr Steve Ella
University of Sydney
Professor Elizabeth Elliott
Australian College of Midwives (ACM)
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)
Dr Hester Wilson
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians, and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG)
Dr Vijay Roach
George Institute for Global Health
Professor Simone Pettigrew
Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE)
Ms Tanya Hosch, Board Director
Ms Caterina Giorgi, Chief Executive Officer
Ms Sarah Ward, National Campaign Manager
National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (NOFASD)
NOFASD Australia is leading Stream 2 of the National Program and will develop and disseminate a suite of prevention and awareness resources specifically tailored to priority groups.
These resources will aim to:
- Increase awareness and understanding of the campaign messages among priority groups.
- Increase knowledge of the risks of drinking alcohol during pregnancy among priority groups.
- Strengthen behavioural intentions of women in the priority groups to not consume alcohol or reduce alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
NOFASD will also provide advice and feedback to FARE on the content and resources produced for the general public stream (Stream 1).
National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)
Led by the National Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), the focus of Stream 4 is to raise awareness among regional and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities of the impacts of alcohol use during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
To achieve this NACCHO will collaborate with its member organisations and partners to:
- Produce and distribute culturally appropriate resources
- Design and deliver innovative health promotion programs
- Undertake community development projects
NACCHO will also provide advice and feedback to FARE on the content and resources produced for Stream 1, and consult with NOFASD on the content and resources produced for Stream 2.
Meet the team
FARE has appointed a passionate and experienced team to coordinate the development and implementation of the National Program. We look forward to working collaboratively with colleagues across the country to deliver this incredibly important piece of work.
- Caterina Giorgi, Chief Executive Officer
- Joanna Le, Projects and Partnerships Director
- Kamara Buchanan, Senior Project Advisor
- Sarah Ward, National Health Campaign Manager
- Rosemary White, Senior Project Advisor
- Andrea Gledhill, Health Projects Lead
- Susan Hickson, Senior Health Promotion Advisor