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From: Christine Rogan
Sent: Thursday, 27 September 2018 11:02 a.m.
To: Fannz <>
Subject: Awareness Month update and beyond

Kia ora FANNZ 

FASD Awareness Month 2018 is almost at an end (the 20th year in Aotearoa New Zealand). This year, Red Shoes were out in force for the first time to ‘Start the Conversation, Join the Conversation’ across our communities. People connected and events were held in communities from Kaitaia to Invercargill, the last hui for the month being yesterday @ Manaia Health PHO in Whangarei, preceded by 2 hui for Tai Tokerau the previous days (epic contribution Dave Hookway!).  

That however, is not to say we take a break because as we all know, ‘Every day is FASD awareness day when you care!’ Examples you can share from the New Zealand media this year included:


See more info on including counting down to RED SHOES ROCK! 2019!   Well done one and all and lets start planning for the ‘Coming of Age’, 21st Birthday of FASD Awareness Day next year!     BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE….

Other news and upcoming events:

Visit to Aotearoa by FASD Justice experts (see attached panui)

Canadian Professor of Forensic Psychiatry and FASD specialist Dr Mansfield Mela together with Law Professor Dr Glen Luther, are in Aotearoa next month to deliver a series of seminars on the important and controversial topic of over-incarceration experienced by those with hidden neurodisabilities like FASD, as well as addressing the inequity for indigenous populations in the criminal justice system in both countries.  Teaming up with Hāpai te Hauora, Alcohol Healthwatch is proud to collaborate in hosting our international guest on Friday 5th October, where our guests will be welcomed with a powhiri at Manurewa Marae,  81 Finlayson Ave, Clendon Park, Manukau. This will be followed by a free seminar and discussion of these important issues from 10.00am to 3.30pm. To register, email your contact details and numbers attending to 

The Auckland District Law Society will host a lecture and live-stream presentation with Mansfield and Glen Thursday 11th October 4.00pm-6.15pm at the Auckland District Law Society Chambers, Chancery Lane Auckland CBD. Our guests will be joined by Dr Valerie McGinn neuropsychologist and Jonathan Creb, Barrister. The event will be chaired by His Honour Judge Phil Recordon. The cost to non-ADLS members is $130.00. For more information and to register visit: Email: | Phone: 09 303 5278.  

Paediatric Conference FASD Seminar: What to do about the neglected disability with the astronomical cost?

An FASD Special Interest Group Meeting at the NZ Paediatric Society 2018 Conference will be held on Tuesday 6th of November 2018, Rutherford Hotel, Nelson. Registration is open For further information contact  Helke Florkowski, Paediatrician

Effects of drinking on New Zealand infants

The University of Auckland Growing Up in New Zealand (GUiNZ) study team have just had important some drinking during pregnancy data published (Schoeps et al 2018, published in Early Human Development).  For the first time in New Zealand we have a large study that indicates alcohol is the heavy hitter when it comes to prenatal exposures. So much so that light drinking early in the first trimester (before pregnancy is detected) was found to be associated with negative effects on infant temperament and those exposed to heavier doses were correlated to reported conduct disorder problems age 2 years. 

Former WA Chief Justice spearheads a call to action

- Former Chief Justice Wayne Martin calls for new policy and law changes surrounding those with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

FASD and the two questions on everyone’s lips! Can we answer them?

Discussions about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), disabilities caused by prenatal alcohol exposure, always prompt two questions.


DON’T FORGET to register for the 2nd Australasian FASD Conference in Perth West Australia November 20-22 



Noho ora mai 
Christine Rogan 
Health Promotion Advisor and FASD Project Coordinator


Level 1, 27 Gillies Ave, Newmarket, Auckland
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