On a very wet Wellington day 30 parents and caregivers came together for our second parent/caregiver workshop co-hosted by Alcohol Healthwatch with funding assistance from Health Promotion Agency.
The day began with a beautiful and impromptu mihi from two lovely young ladies who were there with whanau. A truly delightful surprise.
We were very fortunate that Catherine McCullough, a Senior Policy Analyst from the Ministry of Health came to talk about the details and the process of bringing together the FASD Action Plan. We learned some of the complexities of bringing all the information and other Ministries together on the same page to support the final document. Catherine also explained that some of the issues we raised had not gone into the plan as yet but it is a living document and will change over time. Focusing on what all the Ministries will sign up too was the key outcome and this is the first time that so many Ministerial Departments have come to an agreement on their roles in such a short time. Catherine has been the main driver for the FASD Action Plan and has consulted well with parents through FASD-CAN, emails, conversations and two focus group meetings.