Newspaper Icon3 September 2020: FANNZ Update

Kia ora FANNZ

Many initiatives and events are happening around Australasia during the month of September to raise awareness of FASD.

Gathering together

Events in cities and towns across Aotearoa New Zealand, include a series of free wānanga on FASD in various Northland locations, a launch and celebration in Gisborne, FASD support group meetings and a picnic lunch in Dunedin. Information on all these and more can be found on the Events map @

Virtual events

This year, with the emergence of COVID-19, a number of virtual events are also taking place here and in Australia to support FASD awareness month.

FASD-CAN are hosting a Zoom workshop alongside their AGM on Saturday 12th September 11am - 3pm. Presenters include Judge Tony Fitzgerald (Youth Court Judge and Patron of FASD-CAN), Christine Rogan (FASD Coordinator, Alcohol Healthwatch), Harsh Vardhan (Programme Manager, FASD Action Plan, Ministry of Health) and Guest speaker from Australia, Dr Vanessa Spiller (Clinical Psychologist and Parent to a young adult with FASD).  Visit for more information about this event or email to register for the workshop.

The FASD Hub Australia has generously agreed to host a virtual seminar series during September and November since the 2020 FASD Australasian Conference planned for Sydney had to be cancelled.  The late September and November details and dates are awaiting updates which will be sent out in due course.

  • Seminar 1 on Tuesday 8th September (3-4pm NZST), will explore Assessment and diagnosis: there’s more than the test results. This event will include three pre-recorded stories from individuals and families living with FASD (Aus & NZ contributors) followed by a live facilitated Q&A session. For more information and to register for this seminar visit
  • Seminar 2 on Thursday 10th September (3-4pm NZST) will cover the Introduction to FASD and be presented by NOFASD Australia. This presentation will include a description of FASD and the diagnostic process, impacts and challenges for individuals and families living with FASD, strategies for learning and disability support. For more information and to register for this seminar visit


Alcohol Healthwatch Facebook and Twitter sites will feature regular posts with FASD awareness messaging and event updates during the month of September.

Join the Red Shoes Rock campaign and download up to date FASD and FASD awareness month resources

Thanks to the team at the Te Hiringa Hauora (Health Promotion Agency), you can support alcohol-free pregnancies during FASD awareness month with messaging on your email communication. Save email footer to the bottom of your signature

Te Hiringa Hauora (Health Promotion Agency) has a digital toolkit of resources available to support your promotional activities for FASD awareness month. Access the toolkit here:

Ngā mihi mahana

Christine Rogan 
Health Promotion Advisor and FASD Project Coordinator