Red Shoes Rock! is about every New Zealander stepping out in red shoes to build awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) during September. RJ Formanek, an adult living with FASD, sparked Red Shoes Rock! some years ago when he decided to wear red shoes to stand out from the crowd, get people talking, and make FASD visible - now it's gone global!
Join us during FASD awareness month and help continue the conversation.
FASD AWARENESS DAY 2021
AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND
Thursday 9 September 9 am – 10 am
Alcohol Healthwatch and University of Auckland's School of Population Health, co-hosted FASD Awareness Day on 9 September 2021 via Zoom webinar during Covid-19 restrictions.
Honoured guest speakers included:
Children's Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft
Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero MNZM
FASD-CAN (Care Action Network) Chair Leigh Henderson
FASD Navigator Anna Gundesen
Children’s Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft shares FASD Awareness Day message on Facebook
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Alcohol Healthwatch spreads global message to prevent harm from drinking during pregnancy this FASD Awareness Day
Alcohol Healthwatch has released a FASD day 2021 message to the media. You can read it here.
New Alcohol Healthwatch FASD Factsheet
|Download our August 2021 factsheet here.|
Don't know? Don't drink digital toolkit
Te Hiringa Hauora (Health Promotion Agency) has developed a digital toolkit of resources that can be used to support your promotional activities for FASD awareness month. You can view the toolkit here.
Pregnancy warning success at last!
On the 17th July 2020, Australian and New Zealand Ministers voted for mandatory pregnancy health warning labels giving alcohol producers three years to include the warning label on their products and packaging. Alcohol Healthwatch says that to their knowledge this is the only pregnancy health warning label in the world that includes both a pictogram and specific text, with the warning heading also required to be in red to attract to attention. This label will add to the other actions that are in place to support healthy pregnancies and is another important step to building strong and consistent messaging about alcohol-free pregnancies being the safest option. (Below is an example of the mandated label)
The '20 year gestation of a pregnancy health warning for alcohol' written by Dr Nicki Jackson, Executive Director, Alcohol Healthwatch, and recently published in the New Zealand Medical Journal Digest, documents the journey to achieving this historic warning label decision.