The Ministry of Health is leading a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) cross-agency plan to set the foundation for a structured approach that is evidence-based, for the prevention, early identification and organisation of existing supports for those affected by FASD.
The Ministries of Health, Education and Primary Industries together with the Health Promotion Agency (HPA) are responsible for delivering one or more of the actions in the plan. Oranga Tamariki - the Ministry for Children, the Department of Corrections, the New Zealand Police and the Ministry of Justice are all key contributors to the FASD Plan because a significant proportion of the people accessing their services are affected by FASD.
The Ministry of Health has contracted Matua Raḵi to co-design training and resources for frontline health professionals so that they are equipped to recognise and respond appropriately and compassionately to people with FASD and other neurodevelopmental impairments. The experiences of people living with FASD will inform the development of training and resources. This is action 6 of the FASD action plan.
The pilot sites chosen for the FASD co-design and implementation project are in the far north and the far south; Kaitaia and Dunedin. A co-design workshop held at Mirror Services in Dunedin in August saw strong collaboration between passionate representatives from the community who are collectively participating in the project. Kat Reweti-Russell and John Vogenthaler from the Matua Raḵi addiction team and the disability team within Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui will travel to Kaitaia in August and September to discuss key messages and perspectives that will inform the development of the training resources and project implementation with people from the community at the Far North REAP service.
For more information about the FASD Action Plan 2016-2019 go to Taking Action on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: 2016–2019: An action plan.