• 05 Sep 2016 11:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Kia ora FANNZ

    First ever FASD econometric study for NZ

    Following closely on the heels of the Government FASD Action Plan, is a paper published in the New Zealand Medical Journal, revealing some of the hidden economic implications of FASD. Authored by Dr Brian Easton and colleagues, the paper ‘Productivity Losses Associated with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in New Zealand’, estimate that FASD occurring in one in every one hundred live births would result in losses to New Zealand’s market productivity of between $49 million and $200 million each year.  Read the full paper which is open access online [https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal/read-the-journal/all-issues/2010-2019/2016/vol-129-no-1440/6974 ]

    For some media coverage go to http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/311391/foetal-alcohol-disorders-affecting-24,000-nz-workers

    FASD Action Plan Submissions

    A Ministry of Health Analysis of Submission made on Taking Action on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder’ is now available to view online. http://www.health.govt.nz/system/files/documents/publications/taking-action-fasd-analysis-of-submissions-aug16.pdf

    Listen to Anita Gibbs speaking about the FASD Action Plan on Dunedin TV


    09.09 FASDAY ACTION!!!

    Have your say on FASDAY!

    Come and join in the discussion this FASD Awareness Day Policy and Research Forum @ the University of Auckland Tamaki Campus Friday 9th September 9.00am-12.00pm (Bldg 721; Room 201).  You will have an opportunity to hear first-hand from Dr Easton speaking about his published article on FASD and lost productivity and Catherine McCullough from the Ministry of Health speaking about the Government FASD Acton plans for the next 3 years. It’s FREE and NO Need to RSVP. Details @ www.fan.org.nz.  

    Other activities to mark FASDAY

      Thanks to WCTU we have some Promotional Band Aid dispensers to give away with the message “NO Band Aid for FASD. For your baby’s sake – NO alcohol when pregnant.’ If you would like some to hand out on FASDAY please email me christine@ahw.co.nz with name and postal address. 

    Dunedin Cathedral bells ring out on FASDAY

    AT 9.09am on Friday 9th September, St Pauls Cathedral in the centre of Dunedin will ring its bells to mark the significance of the FASD Awareness Day message.  Since it began in 1999, FASDAY has included bells ringing around the world.  New Zealand has a proud tradition of marking the day in this way.  For details contact Jenny Salmon jvsalmon@ihug.co.nz.

    FASD Awareness Day PLEDGE

    Let’s join our friends in Australia with a pledge to not drink any alcohol on FASD Awareness Day!  Get two friends to join you, and they tell two friends who tell two friends and pretty soon ….?!!

    Cain Lazenby   

    Christine Rogan

    Health Promotion Advisor and FASD Project Coordinator

    Level 1, 27 Gillies Ave, Newmarket, Auckland

    *: P.O. Box 99407, Newmarket, Auckland 1149

    (: (09) 520 7037 I christine@ahw.org.nz

    :: www.ahw.org.nz  www.fan.org.nz

  • 25 Aug 2016 9:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please join us for a special day of celebration as the Otago Youth Wellness Trust marks 20 years of service to our community with a symposium Adolescence- A window of opportunity”. 

    Our speakers are respected local and national leaders known for their contribution to the wellbeing of young people in Aotearoa-New Zealand.

    We look forward to seeing you on the 1st September.

    Nga mihi nui

    Otago Youth Wellness Trust

  • 25 Aug 2016 9:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Disability Connect are delighted to announce another round of Work and Income Supports related to Disability seminars. Please click here to see the flier.  To book please contact us on 09 636 0351 or admin@disabilityconnect.org.nz.  Please provide a phone number and email address when booking.

    Work & Income Support Seminar

    For individuals and families raising a child with a disability

    This seminar is hosted by Disability Connect and will be presented by Vaughan Dodd and colleagues (Work and Income Disability Advisors).

    This seminar is free to family members and will clearly explain the types of Work and Income supports which individuals may be eligible for if living with a disability or raising a child with a disability. Eligibility criteria will be explained – also whether particular supports are means tested or not, and income thresholds if they are.

    The main Work and Income supports being discussed are:

    • Supported Living Payment
    • Accommodation Supplement
    • Child Disability Allowance
    • Disability Allowance
    • Supported Living Payment – Care of Sick and Infirm

    As Work and Income Disability Advisors these presenters cannot participate in personal discussions regarding individual’s circumstances – Disability Advisors liaise directly with frontline Work and Income staff. Their presentation will be broad and informational. Any questions or individual issues can be addressed to Disability Connect staff and we will endeavour to have your questions answered.

    Tea/coffee and biscuits will be available from 30 minutes prior to the start of the seminar.

    Wednesday 10th August 7-9pm
    Highland Park Community House, 47 Aviemore Drive, Highland Park

    West Auckland
    Tuesday 6th September 7-9pm
    MPHS Hub West, 27 Corban Avenue, Henderson

    South Auckland
    Thursday 22nd September 7-9pm
    Nathan Homestead, 70 Hill Road, Manurewa

    Central Auckland
    Tuesday 25th  October 12-2pm
    Disability Connect premises, 3b Olive Road, Penrose

    Central Auckland
    Wednesday 9th June 7-9pm
    Disability Connect premises, 3b Olive Road, Penrose

    North Auckland
    Tuesday 22nd November 7-9pm
    Yes Disability Resource Centre, 3 William Laurie Place, Albany


    Disability Connect now charges $20 including GST for each professional attending (working in the disability sector) attending our seminars. This can be paid by cash, cheque (made out to our full organisation name Parent and Family Resource Centre Inc.) or direct debit.  We do not accept credit card or Eftpos payments.  We are happy to send an invoice at time of booking of a professional and payment is required prior to attendance.  Refunds will only be given if you cancel and this must be made at least 24 hours prior to the seminar.  Please phone to cancel.

    There is no charge for parents or family members attending


    RSVP is essential: 09 636 0351 or admin@disabilityconnect.org.nz


    Lisa Martin
    Disability Connect
    Parent & Family Resource Centre Inc. trading as Disability Connect
    09 636 0351

  • 25 Aug 2016 9:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Welcome to the Disability Connect e-bulletin for week beginning 22nd August 2016. Click on the link below to access the e-bulletin and read about:


    • Auckland Disability Law - Law on the Shore - ADL's new legal education series coming to the North Shore Events Centre
    • Disability Connect - Cultural Support Groups - Chinese Families Autism Support Groups and Indian and South Asian Families Support Group
    • Fun Day Out for our Special Children - Access for All - Sunday 4th September, 11am-3pm, North Shore Events Centre
    • Disability Connect Seminars for September/October - Education Legal Issues, Individualised Funding, Living Options, Planning for Adulthood (legal mechanisms for individuals with a disability), Transition out of school and Work and Income Supports in Disability
    • World Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day - Friday 9th September and launch of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder Action Plan
    • Mapura Studios - "So Much There Is" - exciting and innovative exhibition opening on Wednesday 24th August from 5.30-7.30pm, Studio One Toi Tu, 1 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
    • Mind and Hearts - Master Class - Children and adolescents with ASD - Prsented by Tony Attwood and Dr Michelle Garnett, 15th and 16th September
    • InterACT 2016 - Time to get involved! Expressions of interest are being sought for involvement in InterACT 2016, which runs from 19-20th October at Corban Estate Arts Centre, Henderson
    • Please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for many articles, updates and things happening in the communit
    • Our e-bulletin includes links to a variety of so many different interesting websites and articles about a wide range of disability issues.


    e-bulletin 22 August 2016 PDF


    Feel free to email any interesting news or upcoming events to Disability Connect and we will endeavour to include in our next e-bulletin due to go out the week beginning 5th September 2016.


    Lisa Martin
    Disability Connect
    Parent & Family Resource Centre Inc. trading as Disability Connect
    09 636 0351

  • 25 Aug 2016 8:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Just as I think winter rain and cold will never end, the first magnolias appear to buoy the spirits and act as a harbinger of warmer brighter days. This year there has been plenty to think about with reports of the enormity of child poverty and unprecedented homelessness in New Zealand. So I have been pleased to witness some of the activity happening as part of the massive transformation project resulting from the‘Investing in New Zealand’s Children and their Families’ EAP report. This ambitious report has 81 recommendations for a child centred system for a new core agency replacing the existing Child, Youth and Family agency. The work aims to create a system which recognises trauma and provides early intervention. The report reflects the voices and experiences of young people who have been in care, families and care givers – which gives it resonance.

    The Werry Centre is pleased to be organising a Training Day in Wellington on 17 November which has a focus on trauma. The day will include half day training in trauma assessment and screening from the Orygen team from Melbourne. More information will be posted as the agenda is finalised. We and our Supporting Parents Healthy Children Workforce Centre colleagues are able to offer 2 day training in Single Session Consultation from by the Bouverie Centre in Christchurch 14/15 November and Auckland 17/18 November – more information to follow on our website and in the SPHC September newsletter.

    I am pleased to be able to represent the Werry Centre at two upcoming Mental Health, Fit for the Future: co-development workshops, being held by the Ministry of Health, looking at system wide solutions to increased pressure on mental health services. The process is particularly aimed at ways to support primary and community care managing those with mild to moderate needs. I am interested in your thoughts about what the issues are, as well as the solutions, for the Infant, Child and Youth mental health and addiction sectors.

    Welcome to Spring,


    Sue Dashfield
    General Manager

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  • 25 Aug 2016 8:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Soon to be Minister for Vulnerable Children Anne Tolley discusses the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children which will be set up from April next year.

    Soon-to-be Minister for Vulnerable Children Anne Tolley admits the chief executive of the Government's new ministry will have a difficult task, but says the former aged-care boss has what it takes - because she has kids.

    Grainne Moss has been appointed chief executive to start next month at the new agency 'Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki'. It will begin operating by April 2017.

    At the Vulnerable Children's Hub in Auckland, current Social Development Minister Anne Tolley said she had faith Moss could do the job, addressing opposition criticism she had little experience with children.

    Read more .......

  • 25 Aug 2016 8:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Kia ora tātou

    IT’S HERE!  New Zealand now has its own FASD Action Plan, launched last night by Hon Peter Dunne. It also comes with a budget of $12 miilion to support it over the first 3 years of implementation.  Click here to view the Plan or Read Peter Dunne’s launch speech.  

    Claire Gyde, Chairperson of FASD-CAN spoke about the Plan from a family’s perspective in an 8.40am interview for RNZ Morning Report.

    It is exciting to see the much needed ‘Whole of Government Approach’ has begun to take shape.  Thanks to you all for keeping the faith and keeping it real on the front lines to get us this far and to the Ministries and Government who responded to the call! There is a lot of hard work ahead where goodwill and collaboration will be needed more than ever.  Bring it on J!!


    But wait there’s more…!

    As part of its Te Kete Purangi Inclusive Education Guide for Schools, the Ministry of Education yesterday also launched online its much anticipated Guide Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Strategies to Support Student  http://inclusive.tki.org.nz/  

    This is such an important step forward.  Congratulations for a job well done to all involved!


    PLUS PLUS PLUS…! Im pleased to tell you the FASD: Moving Forward Workshop with Jacqueline Pei and Tracy Mastrangelo from Alberta Canada, can now be viewed online.  The content is in 3 parts corresponding to the topics covered.  

    To access click either, PART ONE  PART TWO or PART THREE  and login using the password FASDFKNZ.  Please note at this point the link will not be accessible via websites so you may wish to save them.  

    Thanks to Fostering Kids for arranging the filming and online links, the HPA for the funding grant and our wonderful, informative and entertaining Canadian guests Tracy and Jacquie. 

    To access other excellent online resources from our guest speakers visit  http://www.engagingalllearners.ca/il/supporting-students-with-fasd/ and https://wrapschools.ca/professionals-without-parachutes/printable-toolkit/


    Christine Rogan

    Health Promotion Advisor and FASD Project Coordinator

    Level 1, 27 Gillies Ave, Newmarket, Auckland

    *: P.O. Box 99407, Newmarket, Auckland 1149

    (: (09) 520 7037 I christine@ahw.org.nz

    :: www.ahw.org.nz  www.fan.org.nz

  • 25 Aug 2016 7:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Kia ora FANNZ

    FASD Action Plan for Aotearoa

    After much hard work and deliberation, the Government’s ‘Taking Action on FASD: An Action Plan 2016-2019’ has been signed off and is about to be released.  The Ministry of Health led the cross-ministry action plan through the consultation and development phase and the plan will be launched @ Parliament Buildings Wellington on Tuesday 16th August by the Associate Minister of Health Hon Peter Dunne.

    World FASD Awareness Day on Friday 9th September

    Aotearoa has been privileged to be the first country to mark each FASDAY since inception in 1999 @ 9.09 as it makes its way across the different time zones. The symbolism of the ‘9s’ is to recognise the 9 month of pregnancy in which to grow a healthy baby and to advocate for those with FASD – which needs EVERYBODY’s support! 

    You can download ideas for FASDAY events from www.fasworld.com  or http://www.come-over.to/FASDAY/ABCDEFG/  

    FASD Awareness Day 2016 in Aotearoa

    FASD Policy and Research Forum for FASDAY

    It is a pleasure to invite you to participate in the 2016 FASD Policy and Research Forum to be held on Friday 9th September hosted in association with the University of Auckland School of Population Health.

    Hawkes Bay marks FASDAY

    FASD Awareness will be a prominent feature in the foyer of Hastings Hospital from Mon 5th - 9th Sept. People will gather on Friday 9th from 9.00am to acknowledge the moment of reflection @ 9.09am and to hear from former Children’s Commissioner and Paediatrician Dr Russell Wills and caregivers speak about FASD.

    Alcoholwise Hurunui

    At a Brainwave Trust presentation on the 7th September hosted by Alcoholwise Hurinui,  a group aimed at alcohol and drug harm prevention in their community, Blue Butterfly Pins and FASD resources will be given away to attendees to mark World FASDAY and raise awareness.  If you would like to know more, contact Lois Mcgirr l.mcgirr@xtra.co.nz

    Help for FASD-CAN is help for families

    FASD-CAN Inc was established to unite and provide hope for families living with FASD in Aotearoa.  Membership is open to professionals with an interest in improving outcomes for FASD.  You can support FASD Awareness Day by becoming a member for $30.00 per year, making a donation or offering to be part of local activities in your community.  For more information visit the website for details www.fasd-can.org.nz or contact the FASD-CAN secretary Lee Tempest  enquiries@fasd-can.org.nz

    Do you have a FASDAY event you would like others to know about?  Email fannz@ahw.org.nz

    Australian FASD Diagnostic Guidelines

    Australia launched its much anticipated FASD Diagnostic instrument in May 2016 http://alcoholpregnancy.telethonkids.org.au/australian-fasd-diagnostic-instrument/. The Australian guidelines accord with the Canadian revised guidelines that New Zealand FASD clinical teams have accepted as best practice.  Having three Commonwealth countries applying the same assessment process bodes well for accuracy and consistency of FASD diagnosis and outcome.  

    FASD professional development workshop for Otago/Southland

    Another ‘FASD-Informed Practice’ professionals development workshop’ is planned for Dunedin on Nov 3 in association with Mirror Service. The link to the panui can be found on www.fan.org.nz homepage or contact mirroradmin@mirrorservices.org.nz  for further details or to register.

    Christine Rogan

    Health Promotion Advisor and FASD Project Coordinator

    Level 1, 27 Gillies Ave, Newmarket, Auckland

    *: P.O. Box 99407, Newmarket, Auckland 1149

    (: (09) 520 7037 I christine@ahw.org.nz

    :: www.ahw.org.nz  www.fan.org.nz

  • 25 Aug 2016 7:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
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