South Burnett Regional Councillor Danita Potter (Community, Arts, Tourism, and Health Services) said she welcomed the funding.
South Burnett Regional Councillor Danita Potter (Community, Arts, Tourism, and Health Services) said she welcomed the funding. Christian Berechree

Council secures funding for Healthy Pregnancies scheme

THE SOUTH Burnett Regional Council has announced their success in securing funding to deliver the community action plan Healthy Pregnancies and Bright Futures.

This was through applying to the Alcohol and Drug Foundation for funding through the Local Drug Action Team Program. .

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation will fund $28,830, which will be added to council's in-kind contribution of $32,380 and the in-kind contribution of $2,000 from Darin 'meme na bari bari' (The Cherbourg FASD Project).

Cr Danita Potter (Community, Arts, Tourism, and Health Services) said she welcomed the funding.

"During the course of this project, we will be working with key partners of the South Burnett Community to increase knowledge of the harms associated with alcohol consumption during pregnancy,” she said.

"This will be undertaken through community awareness events and activities, information sessions and providing resources for community members at key community hubs across our region.”

By partnering with South Burnett CTC, Lives Lived Well, Queensland Police, Education Queensland, Queensland Health and Darin 'meme na bari bari' - Healthy Mums and Bubs, the project aims to increase community capacity and awareness regarding the risks associated with alcohol consumption during pregnancy and prevention of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

The prenatal period when developing babies are growing in their mother's womb is a critical time of child development and growth, which determines the health outcomes of the baby at birth and also influences future life development, health and emotional well-being.

Having an alcohol-free pregnancy helps to protect both the pregnant mother and her developing baby from immediate and long-term health risks and alcohol-related harms.

The project will build on and support existing South Burnett and Cherbourg FASD initiatives and target key local service providers who engage with men and women of reproductive age (including pregnant women and their partners, family and friends) to raise awareness about this issue and promote appropriate resources and evidence-based programs.

"The benefits of this program may well be a reduced number of children who require additional support/assistance from the long-term health risks associated with FASD,” Cr Potter said.

"To be able to make a change now in our Community, we need to ensure the information and support gets out there.”