Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is the medical term for the pattern of abnormal development associated with alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Alcohol is a substance that causes developmental abnormalities in the fetus.

For more information on "FASD" click here to go to our community action tool website ActionPoint

What is FANNZ? 

Fetal Alcohol Network New Zealand      "Everyone is part of the solution"

Fetal Alcohol Network New Zealand (FANNZ) is a group of people and agencies with a shared interest and expertise in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) prevention and intervention. FANNZ is linked through an email information network, face-to-face meetings, educational activities and international affiliations with FASWORLDÓ and other organisations.

If you would like to be part of this network and receive up-to-date information or would like to know more about FASD contact: Christine Rogan at Alcohol Healthwatch  Tel. 09-520 7037 or Email christine@ahw.org.nz  or go to the FANNZ website click www.fan.org.nz   

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2019 - 18 Apr 2019 - FASD Action Plan Hui: “What’s in the forecast?”  Feedback (on-line June 2019)

2016 - Alcohol & Other Drugs Update - FASDay Special Edition September 2016

2016 - Productivity losses associated with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in New Zealand. By economist Dr Brian Easton et al. Free access online https://www.nzma.org.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/50944/Easton-Final.pdf

2015 - FASD discussion document ‘Taking Action on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)’. Consultation closed 26th February 2016. For further information and a copy of the discussion document click here

2014 - FASD in New Zealand: A Time to Act - Call to Action Consensus Statement September 2014 Consensus Statement identifies areas of priority to prevent FASD and to address the gaps in service delivery to those affected by FASD.

2010 - Towards Multidisciplinary Diagnostic Services FASD 2010
2009 - Report Executive Summary - Primary Healthcare Survey
2009 - Full Report - Primary Healthcare Survey

Briefing Papers:

2007 -  Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in New Zealand - Activating the Awareness and Intervention Continuum ( PDF)
2007 - Executive Summary-Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in NZ Briefing Paper(PDF)
2003 - Alcohol Health and Safety Advisory Statements(Warning Labels) in New Zealand (PDF)


 2011 -"Drinking alcohol during pregnancy...is not a good idea" (PDF) (updated 2011)

Fact Sheet:

2006 - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: The Effect of Alcohol on Early Development 

On-line Resources:

Making Responsible Decisions about Drinking During Pregnancy
Interested in knowing more about the effects of drinking alcohol during pregnancy? Making Responsible Decisions about Drinking During Pregnancy is a great way to learn. Choose whether to get Just the Facts, Play a Game, or Follow a Story. Click on the picture to view.


Feb 2012 - Alcohol and Pregnancy Resource for Health Professionals www.akoaotearoa.ac.nz/projects/pact

Mar 2017 - Fostering Kids Podcast: To hear the Carecast -FASD click here


Sept 7,  2017:Whanau ora and the FASD Plan: Achieving success together’ Hui Video Link:
Presentation by Christine Rogan, Alcohol Healthwatch    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Sgw6NLNCjw  
​Presentation by Lance Norman, Hāpai Te Hauora   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYQWfA0escw

May 15, 2009 - Presentation ALAC Conference - FASD Finding The Fit


May 2012 - Submission-Preventing child Abuse & improving Children's Health ( to Health Select Committee)

Feb 2012 - Submission- The Green Paper on Vulnerable Children (by FANNZ)

Feb, 2011 - Submission for FANNZ - Alcohol Reform Bill

Oct 30, 2009 - Submission to Law Commission "Alcohol In Our Lives", By FANNZ 

Babies & Booze: Youth Social Media Launch (Video Clips)

Alcohol Healthwatch, Well Women and Family Trust and The Rotary Club of Parnell launches the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Youth Social Media Campaign. The You-Tube campaign videos can be viewed on www.youtube.com/user/FASDNetworkNZ or by clicking the images below


Picture 1 Babies + Booze: When You Drink, Your Baby Drinks (1)

Picture 2 Babies + Booze: Personal Stories (2)

Picture 3 Babies + Booze: Support Your Mates When They're Not Drinking(3)

Picture 4 Babies + Booze: Simon Rowley - Paediatrician (4)

Picture 5 Babies + Booze: A Shout Out(5)

Picture 6 Babies + Booze: Jackie (6)

Picture 7 Babies + Booze: Shona (7)

Other Information:

FAS-CAN Network Newsletter Jul 2015
Alana Donkin writes about FASD Oct 2014
Hey Teacher 2016
Call to Action from Australian & NZ Parents "Our Common Voice" Nov 2013

International FASD Awareness Day September 9th 2016

Fall pregnant, stop drinking

A story for FASD Awareness Day 2016

On 9/9 a story from one of our storytellers was shared. Yasmine, a 19 year old from West Auckland talks about being involved in the binge drinking culture and how finding out she was pregnant she knew she had to stop drinking. Jump on the BUZZED facebook Page to in give us a like and check out our videos.

Importance of not drinking during pregnancy advert

Importance of not drinking during pregnancy advert

In 2015, Janet and friends from the Bay of Plenty region got together to produce an advert designed to make people think about the importance of not drinking during pregnancy. This aired in many New Zealand centres and you can now view the Advert on YouTube.

Janet wishes to remind viewers - No babies were harmed in the making of this ad!

Napier mum raising alcohol spectrum disorder child

Napier Mum speaks out about raising a child with FASD

Kim Milne and her son David talk about the challenges of living with David's fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

Alcohol and other drugs update

Community action in Aotearoa summarised for FASD Awareness Day

Northland DHB have kindly shared a Special Edition of their Alcohol and Other Drugs Update to mark FASD Awareness Day 2016. Click here for a copy


External FASD Links

http://www.fan.org.nz/ - Fetal Alcohol Network NZ website

http://www.alac.org.nz/pregnancy.aspx - Fact sheets on FASD and strategies

http://www.beststart.org/apcampaign/ - A Canadian website focused on primary prevention strategies

http://www.asantecentre.org/ - A Centre specializing in FASD assessments and family resources

http://www.come-over.to/FASCRC/ - A pot-pouri of everything you ever wanted to know about FASD from advocate Theresa Kellerman

http://www.fasdchildwelfare.ca/ - Community of Practice website -sharing knowledge, experience and ideas with others

http://www.fasworld.com/ - A website of FASD family advocates for worldwide connection and prevention

http://www.motherisk.org/FAR/ - A peer reviewed journal of FASD research

http://www.nofas.org/ - The National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in the UK (affiliated to NOFAS USA)

http://depts.washington.edu/fadu/ - The University of Washington Fetal Alcohol Drug Unit

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