“I felt truly listened to and understood.”
–Andrea, Northern Sydney LHD
You go through a lot of changes during your pregnancy.
One big change can be not drinking alcohol while you are planning a pregnancy, pregnant or breastfeeding. If this might be a challenge for you, it can help to have someone to support you and be on your side.
Help is a phone call away
If you join the Get Healthy service you can get support from a FREE personal health coach who will:
- support you over the phone, without judgement
- make a plan and set achievable goals (starting with small steps)
- share with you practical tools to change your habits and overcome barriers that stand in your way
Our friendly health coaches can speak to you over the phone, from the comfort of your own home. During the day, after work or after dinner, you can book in for a call at a time that suits you. We are open from 8 am to 8 pm, Monday to Friday.
You can choose a male or female coach to suit your needs. Interpreters are available and the Aboriginal Liaison Officer can provide additional support if needed.
You will be offered 4 coaching calls, but you can re-enrol if you’d like to have ongoing support or if you would like to achieve other health goals, such as increasing regular activity or healthy eating.
You can sign up using a simple online form or you can call on 1300 806 258.
Why stop drinking during pregnancy?
Not drinking while you are planning a pregnancy, pregnant or breastfeeding is the safest option for your health and the health of your baby.
Did you know that drinking alcohol during pregnancy has been shown to affect your unborn baby? It increases the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth and may result in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) in your baby. This can affect their brain development as well as their learning and behaviour. There is no cure for FASD and it can last your baby’s whole life.
You can get help to change your habits
Women who joined the Get Healthy Service have told us how motivating they found it to know their health coach was going to call. It encouraged them to take action so they could show their progress.
Your trained health coach will share effective tools with you to help you stop drinking. They will show you how to set achievable goals, overcome barriers and will celebrate your successes with you.
All calls with your health coach are confidential.
Our health coaches are friendly and on your side. They are here to support you without judgement.
Your health coach is here to answer your questions. They are experts in this area and can give you information about how to stay healthy during your pregnancy, how to set goals for yourself and how to reach those goals.
You will receive free information and resources to help you track your goals and support you on your journey.
What to expect from the first call
The Get Healthy Service will call you within one week of joining and book regular coaching calls at a time that works for you.
On your first call, we will explain how the service works and talk about what you might like to get out of it.
We will ask you a few questions so that we can tailor the service to you.
How to sign up
You can join the Get Healthy service using a simple online form or you can call on 1300 806 258.
You can also ask your GP or your midwife to organise a referral to this service for you.