Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

An evidence-based approach for the prevention, early identification and organisation of existing supports for those affected by FASD

What is Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder?

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is the umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur when a fetus is exposed to alcohol during pregnancy.

FASD is a lifelong disability resulting in permanent brain-injury, is often invisible, and impacts on every aspect of a person’s life.

FASD is an under-recognised and under-supported condition that can have a devastating effect on a person’s life and on the lives of the people close to them. It is having a disproportionate effect on our most vulnerable children and families. 

Building a skilled and supported workforce

We all have a role to play in preventing FASD and supporting people who are living with the effects of FASD to experience quality of life.

It's essential that all professionals, agencies, services and communities work together to support people with FASD and their whānau.

The ongoing development of a skilled and supported workforce is essential to achieve this.

Resources available now

We have developed a range of resources to contribute to greater FASD awareness, prevention and support.

We hope these resources contribute to more consistent and collaborative partnerships in local communities, and better outcomes for people with FASD and their whānau.

These resources are currently being trialled under a pilot project as part of the FASD Action Plan: 2016-2019:

If you are located in the Far North or Otago and would like to be part of the pilot, please sign up for the workshops listed below. 

We would like to acknowledge the people with FASD, whānau members and professionals who contributed to the co-design process in developing these learning resources and for generously sharing their experiences and expertise.

Complete An introduction to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)