Newspaper Icon10 September 2020: FANNZ Update

FANNZ Update 10.9.20

Kia ora FANNZ  

THANKS to our community champions of AOTEAROA for caring!

Some amazing Kiwis found ways to mark 2020 FASD Awareness Day! News is continuing to flow in. Check out everything from Red Shoes Rocks pics to picnics on  

Our Tairawhiti FASD champions took to politics!  They invited aspiring political candidates to a hui in Gisborne to learn about FASD. Each were surprised by what they heard, having previously understood very little – such as FASD being about brain injury – and each was provided with a co-signed letter sent to the Government in 2019 that is awaiting a response.   

Ongoing events

  • It’s not too late to register for the next Virtual FASD Seminar series for FASD Awareness Month which screens live 3pm today NZSTRegister Here for Seminar 2 ‘Introduction to FASD: A 2 hour webinar from NOFASD Australia.

Presentations from ‘Seminar 1 “Assessment and Diagnosis: there is more than the test results’ , which live-streamed Tuesday, can now be viewed on YouTube - Anita & Dima’s Story ; Geraldine, Maree & Natasha’s talk about strength-focused approaches (Jessica and Suzanne’s Story is currently unavailable).  

  • FASD-CAN virtual workshopIt is not too late to register for the FASD-CAN workshop being held this coming Saturday 11am - 3pm – ‘Together we can Succeed’.  Guest speakers are Youth Court Judge and FASD-CAN patron Tony Fitzgerald, Alcohol Healthwatch’s Christine Rogan, Ministry of Health’s Programme Manager FASD Action Plan Harsh Vardhan and special guest from Australia Dr Vanessa Spiller, Clinical Psychologist and parent to a young child with FASD.


To register please email Lee Tempest (       

AND… the prize for the BIGGEST FASD Awareness Day news goes to…. Australia!

The Federal Government of Australia announced a $24milion investment in FASD diagnosis and support services yesterday. This is on top of the Government's reaffirmed $25million for a national campaign on the risks of drinking alcohol during pregnancy, which will be developed and delivered by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education.  Since 2012, the Federal Government has invested $75million into FASD prevention and intervention. In a press statement, the current Minister of Health Greg Hunt, who acknowledge FASD was about brain injury, stated, “We all need to stop and think about what we can do to protect children from being born with FASD, to support women and families to stop drinking if they are planning to have a baby and during their pregnancy, and to help those who are living with this condition.”

Also, NOFASD Australia has launched the Australian Foundations in FASD online training course, Australia’s newest, evidence-based FASD course. Funding for the project, came through  the National Disability Insurance Scheme and supported by the Australian Government, Department of Health, through their support of the NOFASD website.  The Collaboration means the course is FREE! You can watch the 45 second introduction video here or enrol now via the NOFASD Website

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Ngā mihi mahana

Christine Rogan
Health Promotion Advisor and FASD Project Coordinator