Anex invites you to discuss the complex issues surrounding illicit drug use, pregnancy and parenting. These free forums will be conducted by Anex and the Women’s Alcohol and Drug Services, Royal Women’s Hospital.
The forum will be held on the following dates and locations:
All forums commence at 1pm and conclude at 4pm. Please be aware that to secure your place at a forum you will need to register online as demand for places is expected to be high.
Shepparton: 20 April – Primary Care Connect
Warrnambool: 3 May – Warrnambool Community & Health Complex
Mildura: 5 May – Sunraysia Community Health Service
Whitehorse: 11 May – Whitehorse Community Health Service
Wodonga: 12 May – Gateway Community Health
Geelong: 17 May – City Hall
Bendigo: 18 May – Bendigo Community Health Services
Ballarat: 25 May – Ballarat Community Health
Melbourne: 26 May – Anex
Morwell: 2 June – Latrobe Community Health Service
Springvale: 8 June – Greater Dandenong Community Health Service
You can sign-up for the session by visiting this link:
Pregnancy and parenthood are major life events that create a wide range of emotions for women, their partners and family.
Illicit drug use can add further stress to an already challenging situation, giving rise to complex issues and experiences.
Research conducted by Anex shows that women who are pregnant or parenting and using illicit drugs are often isolated from mainstream health services and community support. They do not have ready access to accurate information, or know how to find and link with good pregnancy health care.
In addition, many women and their partners fear discrimination, judgement and the involvement of authorities. They may not access health services because of ignorance or fear.
Women using illicit drugs and/or alcohol have special physical and emotional health needs which must be carefully managed to ensure both mother and child are healthy.
A copy of our resource ‘Keeping mum and baby happy and healthy’ will be available at each forum.
Who should attend:
The forum is particularly relevant to service providers that engage with pregnant women who are at risk of, or might use illicit drugs.