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JFAS Int 2006;4:e10 - June 5, 2006
SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT: Moving Systems to Improve Women's Health and Prevent FASD

Moumita Sarkar1, Susan Santiago1, Margaret Leslie2, Wendy Burgoyne3
1Motherisk Program, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, 2Mothercraft/Breaking the Cycle, Toronto, 3Best Start, Toronto

ABSTRACT
A conference entitled Prevention of FASD: Addressing Pregnancy and Addiction was organized by the Prevention Subcommittee of the FASD Stakeholders for Ontario.The conference took place at the BMO Institute for Learning in Scarborough, Ontario on March 9 - 10, 2006 and was funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada.The objective of the conference was to examine the root causes of women's alcohol use during pregnancy, including addiction and mental health problems, and ways to support women with significant alcohol problems or addictions in pregnancy.

A pre-conference Policy Forum on March 9th from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm focused on systems of care and policies that impact the development and delivery of programs and services to high risk women and children.An expert panel was tasked to consider how these systems and related policies might be integrated to improve women's health and prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

Conference Day on March 10th focused on indicated prevention which is directed to the care of pregnant women who have significant alcohol problems or addictions, and who require more than information, advice or brief interventions in order to change their alcohol use in pregnancy. The goals of the conference were to increase understanding of service providers who have contact with pregnant women with significant alcohol use problems, of their role in the prevention of FASD; share information about evidence-based strategies for support of pregnant women with significant alcohol problems, including the elements of effective models of care; and promote the importance of an integrated and comprehensive response to women's health and FASD prevention.

This report summarizes the highlights of the March 9th pre-conference Policy Forum and each of the invited lectures presented by panellists. It also summarizes the points raised during an open discussion period. The report concludes with a summary of the recommendations made over the course of the conference.

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