Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is caused by the consumption of alcohol during pregnancy. About half of all pregnancies are exposed to alcohol, and about 1% of the New Zealand population is estimated to have FASD as a result. FASD can be characterised by a range of problems such as intellectual and behavioural deficits, as well as irreversible damage to the brain and body.
This discussion document outlines the Government’s proposed approach for addressing FASD. It outlines a series of key principles, high level outcomes and potential action areas for the action plan and seeks feedback on how we could do things differently.
Have your say
Submissions can be made either by email or post. If you wish to submit by email, please fill out the submission form included in the discussion document and email this to:
If you would like to submit by post, please mail your comments to:
- FASD Action Plan
Ministry of Health
PO Box 5013
People are welcome to submit via other mediums too. We will accept videos, photos, paintings or anything (within reason) that expresses people's views on the Action Plan. People affected by FASD are encouraged to submit around the theme 'being me'.
Please be aware that artistic submissions may be used to illustrate the Action Plan. If you (or the person you are submitting on behalf of) aren't comfortable with this, please let us know when you submit.
The closing date for submissions is 5pm on Friday, 26 February 2016.