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Strong Spirit Strong Future

The Strong Spirit Strong Future- Promoting Healthy Women and Pregnancies project commenced in July 2010 and is funded under the Council of Australian Governments’ Closing the Gap funding until 30 June 2014. The project, designed for Aboriginal people and communities, aims to raise awareness of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) 2009 guidelines  about alcohol use when planning a pregnancy, during pregnancy and when breastfeeding.  This prevention based project includes the following strategies:

  • development of culturally secure resources
  • community awareness media campaign
  • training and education for health professionals and other workers.

Community Grants

Grants funding of up to $6000 is now available for community organisations that aim to support Aboriginal communities around Western Australia to develop localised resources or activities to promote and complement the Statewide Strong Spirit Strong Future: Promoting Healthy Women and Pregnancies project.

The grants funding pool is limited and the process will close when the pool of funding is fully allocated or by 1 May 2013, whichever comes first.

To apply for a grant, simply fill in the grant application and support kit and return via email to

For more information, to enquire about training or to order any promotional materials contact or call the Drug and Alcohol Office on (08) 9370 0333 and ask for Michelle Gray.

Radio Mama and Midwest CDS Small Grant Project

Radio Mama and the Midwest Community Drug Service joined forces with members of the Aboriginal community to raise awareness regarding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) amongst Midwest Aboriginal people.

The project involved delivering information sessions about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and workshops on how to develop community service announcements.  Over 100 people from Midwest communities attended these sessions.  Community were given the opportunity to create their own community service announcement about alcohol in pregnancy for broadcast on the Aboriginal community controlled radio station, Radio Mama.

To hear a sample of these community service announcements please click on the links below.

Radio ad 1
Radio ad 2
Radio ad 3
Radio ad 4
Radio ad 5
Radio ad 6
Radio ad 7
Radio ad 8


The project includes a media campaign which includes a television commercial featuring Mary G, and radio advertisements for women (metro and country), men (metro and country) and the whole of community (metro and country). 


Strong Spirit Strong Future promotional resources are available to order by emailing this order form.


Training is available for health workers who provide services to Aboriginal women, their families and communities.

Last updated on 01 October 2014