DrinkWise has produced a series of six educational videos, featuring well-known personalities Deborah Mailman and Aaron Pedersen.
These videos aim to educate Australians about the cause and effects of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), as well as peer influence and the importance of positive role modelling when it comes to alcohol.
The videos are available for use in medical practices and education programs (free of charge). Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Federal Government provided funding for DrinkWise to produce educational material, including these videos, to increase the Australian community’s awareness and understanding of FASD. The videos are shown in rural and regional medical practice waiting rooms across Australia, in Aboriginal Medical Services, through the Aboriginal Health TV network.
In her video, Deb reflects on her personal experience as a pregnant woman and explains why it’s safest not to drink when planning a pregnancy, while pregnant or while breastfeeding.
Aaron reflects on the importance of ensuring partners, family members and friends support women to abstain from alcohol, to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
These extended versions of the videos have been produced to educate students about FASD, peer pressure and the importance of not drinking until they are at least 18.
Deb reflects on her experiences growing up, including her decisions to wait until she was older to drink alcohol and not to drink during her pregnancies, advising kids to talk to a trusted adult if they have any questions about alcohol.
Aaron discusses the impact FASD can have on people’s lives, the importance of supporting loved ones not to drink when planning a pregnancy, pregnant or breastfeeding and reminds kids it’s ok to say no if people are pressuring them to have a drink.
The last two videos have been created to educate and remind parents and other adults in the community about the important influence they can have on children and their future attitudes towards alcohol and drinking.
Deb talks about parents’ influential role in their children’s lives and emphasises the importance of setting clear boundaries for kids when it comes to alcohol.
Aaron speaks about the important impact all adults in the community can have when it comes to role modelling responsible alcohol consumption.