The really big news of the year so far is the launch of the FASD Action Plan which occurred on the 16th of August. We were fortunate to have a good representation of FASD-CAN members attend Parliament – a significant event for us all.
The plan itself is not a cure-all but it is a good start. It clearly has a strong prevention focus and the underlying intent of the document is sound. The goal of the plan is broad: “FASD is prevented and people with FASD and their family/whanau live the best possible lives”. Of course, in a society where there is alcohol, there will always be FASD. There will always, therefore, be a need to provide joined up services, support and diagnosis.