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.
The closing date for submissions was Friday, 26 February 2016.