As part of the National Indigenous Reform Agreement, the Council of Australian Governments agreed to the enhancement of perinatal data to capture additional information in relation to antenatal care and alcohol use during pregnancy. Since 2010, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare in partnership with the National Perinatal Data Development Committee has been progressing work to develop a nationally agreed, uniform method for measuring and recording alcohol use in pregnancy. Having information from all Australian mothers on alcohol usage, such as dose and frequency, will help future planning to improve pregnancy health. It will also help with supporting children who have problems because they were exposed to alcohol before birth.
Murdoch Childrens' Research Institute
Commonwealth Department of Health