Newspaper Icon21 Apr 2021: FANNZ Update

FASD-poster-7.4.21 (003).pdf (ahw.org.nz)

Kia ora FANNZ

Maternal Mental Health Seminar with a FASD focus

A seminar to mark World Maternal Mental Health Day will take place on 5 May 2020 in Wellington with guest speakers sharing their experiences and knowledge of FASD -  Click here for registration details.

Call for Whānau research participants

Hāpai te Hauora are leading a research project to explore whānau Māori experiences receiving FASD diagnosis and support in the Auckland and Northland areas.  If you know of any whānau who may be interested can you please share the attached poster with them and direct them to contact Lizzie Strickett (Ngāpuhi, Te Aupōuri) at 0212684916 or Elizabeth.Strickett@hapai.co.nz.

FASD-CAN advertising for a navigator for whānau living with FASD

FASD-CAN announces a new position for a Regional FASD Navigator to mentor & strengthen families/whānau caring for tamariki/children and rangatahi/young people impacted by prenatal alcohol exposure.

The FASD Navigator will be contracted to work (part-time) in a Pilot Region with the primary tasks of:

  • Establishing a face-to-face whanau, parents/caregivers support group or supporting an existing one in the region
  • Providing advocacy and support for whanau, parents/caregivers
  • Providing education to whanau, parents/caregivers, and service providers
  • Networking with the disability sector to raise awareness of FASD
  • Developing a regional resource of FASD informed providers in the pilot region
  • Building relationships with professionals and service providers across sectors.

Please see https://www.fasd-can.org.nz/ for the job description and contact details. If you know anyone who may be interested please forward the information to them!

MP asks Parliamentary questions about FASD

Greens Member of Parliament Jan Logie used question time to twice ask the Government about action to address FASD.  Responses are pending.

British Columbia authorities called on to do more for FASD

The Representative for Children and Youth (Canada)has released a report - Excluded: Increasing Understanding, Support and Inclusion for Children with FASD and their Families
The provincial government should take both immediate and long-term action to improve supports and services to children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and their families, according to the RCYBC https://rcybc.ca/reports-and-publications/excluded/  The Report highlights how few resources are directed toward addressing the needs of those with FASD in BC compared to other health matters. Report Co-Author Miles Himmelrich said, “When we’re focusing on how to make FASD go away or stop… we’re not focusing on the needs of people with FASD,”  https://www.saanichnews.com/news/fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorder-gets-meagre-support-compared-to-other-conditions-b-c-report/

New Australian FASD families resource launched

NOFASD Australia have just launched a free to download FASD Toolkit for families https://www.nofasd.org.au/parents-carers-and-families/parent-toolkit/

Calming Cards - Me and My FASD
A set of cards with suggestions from more than 70 young people with FASD about what helps them (and you) to stay calm. Watch the video or download the Cards https://fasd.me/funzone/games-and-activities/calming-cards/

Ngā mihi mahana 
Christine Rogan 
Health Promotion Advisor and FASD Project Coordinator
Level 1, 27 Gillies Ave, Newmarket, Auckland
P.O. Box 99407, Newmarket, Auckland 1149
Ph (09) 520 7037 I christine@ahw.org.nz
www.ahw.org.nz  www.fan.org.nz

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