Taking Action on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): A discussion document

Published online: 
17 December 2015
Taking Action on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder


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
    Wellington 6145

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.

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    17 December 2015
  • HP number:
  • Citation:
    Ministry of Health. 2015. Taking Action on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): A discussion document. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
  • Ordering information:
    Only soft copy available to download
  • Copyright status:
    Owned by the Ministry of Health and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence.
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