Pregnant women and alcohol use:
Why is it such a problem?


Thursday, August 6, 2020

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1:00 PM  - 2:00 PM AEST



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About the Webinar

Through an exploration of alcohol use in pregnancy, this webinar will provide participants with the opportunity to have an understanding of the extent of the problem, effective management and treatment options in pregnancy, effect of alcohol on the developing fetus and what this means in later life as well as addressing the often asked question, "can you drink alcohol and safely breastfeed?"

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Meet your speakers:

Associate Professor Yvonne Bonomo

Yvonne Bonomo is a physician in Addiction Medicine working with people with alcohol and drug problems through clinical practice, research and professional and community education. She is Medical Head of Unit at the Women’s Alcohol and Drug Service and Associate Professor and Director of Department of Addiction Medicine, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne.  She is also Clinical Associate Professor in Medicine at the University of Melbourne.  Her clinical and research interests are in novel interventions for alcohol and other drug problems. She has served on the Board of the Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS) and the Australian Drug Foundation, and filled a number of roles on the behalf of the Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine (AChAM), Royal Australasian College of Physicians including Chair of Education and President of AChAM.

Dr Anna Tottman

Dr Anna Tottman is a Neonatatologist who trained in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. She has a special interest in early life nutrition and glycaemia and completed her PhD at the Liggins Institute, University of Auckland investigating long-term neurodevelopmental and metabolic outcomes in children born very preterm. Her interest in improving long-term outcomes for high risk infants extends to those affected by fetal drug and alcohol exposure, and in her role at the Royal Women's Hospital she provides paediatric care to infants attending the Women's Drug and Alcohol Service.

Julie Blandthorn

Julie is a Clinical midwife consultant at the Women's Alcohol and Drug Service (WADS) based at Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne. Julie is a Registered Nurse and completed her midwife training at Royal Women's Hospital where she won the Margaret Black Memorial prize. She completed post graduate maternal and child health qualifications as well as further study in immunisation and family planning. She completed her Graduate Certificate in Alcohol and other drug studies at Turning Point in 2010. In her current role Julie has provided clinical care, published journal articles, written clinical practice guidelines as well as deliver training and education throughout Australia.