• 25 Aug 2016 8:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Just as I think winter rain and cold will never end, the first magnolias appear to buoy the spirits and act as a harbinger of warmer brighter days. This year there has been plenty to think about with reports of the enormity of child poverty and unprecedented homelessness in New Zealand. So I have been pleased to witness some of the activity happening as part of the massive transformation project resulting from the‘Investing in New Zealand’s Children and their Families’ EAP report. This ambitious report has 81 recommendations for a child centred system for a new core agency replacing the existing Child, Youth and Family agency. The work aims to create a system which recognises trauma and provides early intervention. The report reflects the voices and experiences of young people who have been in care, families and care givers – which gives it resonance.

    The Werry Centre is pleased to be organising a Training Day in Wellington on 17 November which has a focus on trauma. The day will include half day training in trauma assessment and screening from the Orygen team from Melbourne. More information will be posted as the agenda is finalised. We and our Supporting Parents Healthy Children Workforce Centre colleagues are able to offer 2 day training in Single Session Consultation from by the Bouverie Centre in Christchurch 14/15 November and Auckland 17/18 November – more information to follow on our website and in the SPHC September newsletter.

    I am pleased to be able to represent the Werry Centre at two upcoming Mental Health, Fit for the Future: co-development workshops, being held by the Ministry of Health, looking at system wide solutions to increased pressure on mental health services. The process is particularly aimed at ways to support primary and community care managing those with mild to moderate needs. I am interested in your thoughts about what the issues are, as well as the solutions, for the Infant, Child and Youth mental health and addiction sectors.

    Welcome to Spring,


    Sue Dashfield
    General Manager

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  • 25 Aug 2016 8:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Soon to be Minister for Vulnerable Children Anne Tolley discusses the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children which will be set up from April next year.

    Soon-to-be Minister for Vulnerable Children Anne Tolley admits the chief executive of the Government's new ministry will have a difficult task, but says the former aged-care boss has what it takes - because she has kids.

    Grainne Moss has been appointed chief executive to start next month at the new agency 'Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki'. It will begin operating by April 2017.

    At the Vulnerable Children's Hub in Auckland, current Social Development Minister Anne Tolley said she had faith Moss could do the job, addressing opposition criticism she had little experience with children.

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  • 25 Aug 2016 8:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Kia ora tātou

    IT’S HERE!  New Zealand now has its own FASD Action Plan, launched last night by Hon Peter Dunne. It also comes with a budget of $12 miilion to support it over the first 3 years of implementation.  Click here to view the Plan or Read Peter Dunne’s launch speech.  

    Claire Gyde, Chairperson of FASD-CAN spoke about the Plan from a family’s perspective in an 8.40am interview for RNZ Morning Report.

    It is exciting to see the much needed ‘Whole of Government Approach’ has begun to take shape.  Thanks to you all for keeping the faith and keeping it real on the front lines to get us this far and to the Ministries and Government who responded to the call! There is a lot of hard work ahead where goodwill and collaboration will be needed more than ever.  Bring it on J!!


    But wait there’s more…!

    As part of its Te Kete Purangi Inclusive Education Guide for Schools, the Ministry of Education yesterday also launched online its much anticipated Guide Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Strategies to Support Student  http://inclusive.tki.org.nz/  

    This is such an important step forward.  Congratulations for a job well done to all involved!


    PLUS PLUS PLUS…! Im pleased to tell you the FASD: Moving Forward Workshop with Jacqueline Pei and Tracy Mastrangelo from Alberta Canada, can now be viewed online.  The content is in 3 parts corresponding to the topics covered.  

    To access click either, PART ONE  PART TWO or PART THREE  and login using the password FASDFKNZ.  Please note at this point the link will not be accessible via websites so you may wish to save them.  

    Thanks to Fostering Kids for arranging the filming and online links, the HPA for the funding grant and our wonderful, informative and entertaining Canadian guests Tracy and Jacquie. 

    To access other excellent online resources from our guest speakers visit  http://www.engagingalllearners.ca/il/supporting-students-with-fasd/ and https://wrapschools.ca/professionals-without-parachutes/printable-toolkit/


    Christine Rogan

    Health Promotion Advisor and FASD Project Coordinator

    Level 1, 27 Gillies Ave, Newmarket, Auckland

    *: P.O. Box 99407, Newmarket, Auckland 1149

    (: (09) 520 7037 I christine@ahw.org.nz

    :: www.ahw.org.nz  www.fan.org.nz

  • 25 Aug 2016 7:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Kia ora FANNZ

    FASD Action Plan for Aotearoa

    After much hard work and deliberation, the Government’s ‘Taking Action on FASD: An Action Plan 2016-2019’ has been signed off and is about to be released.  The Ministry of Health led the cross-ministry action plan through the consultation and development phase and the plan will be launched @ Parliament Buildings Wellington on Tuesday 16th August by the Associate Minister of Health Hon Peter Dunne.

    World FASD Awareness Day on Friday 9th September

    Aotearoa has been privileged to be the first country to mark each FASDAY since inception in 1999 @ 9.09 as it makes its way across the different time zones. The symbolism of the ‘9s’ is to recognise the 9 month of pregnancy in which to grow a healthy baby and to advocate for those with FASD – which needs EVERYBODY’s support! 

    You can download ideas for FASDAY events from www.fasworld.com  or http://www.come-over.to/FASDAY/ABCDEFG/  

    FASD Awareness Day 2016 in Aotearoa

    FASD Policy and Research Forum for FASDAY

    It is a pleasure to invite you to participate in the 2016 FASD Policy and Research Forum to be held on Friday 9th September hosted in association with the University of Auckland School of Population Health.

    Hawkes Bay marks FASDAY

    FASD Awareness will be a prominent feature in the foyer of Hastings Hospital from Mon 5th - 9th Sept. People will gather on Friday 9th from 9.00am to acknowledge the moment of reflection @ 9.09am and to hear from former Children’s Commissioner and Paediatrician Dr Russell Wills and caregivers speak about FASD.

    Alcoholwise Hurunui

    At a Brainwave Trust presentation on the 7th September hosted by Alcoholwise Hurinui,  a group aimed at alcohol and drug harm prevention in their community, Blue Butterfly Pins and FASD resources will be given away to attendees to mark World FASDAY and raise awareness.  If you would like to know more, contact Lois Mcgirr l.mcgirr@xtra.co.nz

    Help for FASD-CAN is help for families

    FASD-CAN Inc was established to unite and provide hope for families living with FASD in Aotearoa.  Membership is open to professionals with an interest in improving outcomes for FASD.  You can support FASD Awareness Day by becoming a member for $30.00 per year, making a donation or offering to be part of local activities in your community.  For more information visit the website for details www.fasd-can.org.nz or contact the FASD-CAN secretary Lee Tempest  enquiries@fasd-can.org.nz

    Do you have a FASDAY event you would like others to know about?  Email fannz@ahw.org.nz

    Australian FASD Diagnostic Guidelines

    Australia launched its much anticipated FASD Diagnostic instrument in May 2016 http://alcoholpregnancy.telethonkids.org.au/australian-fasd-diagnostic-instrument/. The Australian guidelines accord with the Canadian revised guidelines that New Zealand FASD clinical teams have accepted as best practice.  Having three Commonwealth countries applying the same assessment process bodes well for accuracy and consistency of FASD diagnosis and outcome.  

    FASD professional development workshop for Otago/Southland

    Another ‘FASD-Informed Practice’ professionals development workshop’ is planned for Dunedin on Nov 3 in association with Mirror Service. The link to the panui can be found on www.fan.org.nz homepage or contact mirroradmin@mirrorservices.org.nz  for further details or to register.

    Christine Rogan

    Health Promotion Advisor and FASD Project Coordinator

    Level 1, 27 Gillies Ave, Newmarket, Auckland

    *: P.O. Box 99407, Newmarket, Auckland 1149

    (: (09) 520 7037 I christine@ahw.org.nz

    :: www.ahw.org.nz  www.fan.org.nz

  • 25 Aug 2016 7:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    News & resources from the Forum and the field about collaborative work to get young people ready by 21.
    In This Issue:

    Evidence-Based Policy

    Positive Youth Development

    Program Quality

  • 25 Aug 2016 7:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Kia ora koutou and welcome to the July edition of the YCAP newsletter.

    This month a group of us from the Ministries of Justice, Education and Social Development ventured south from Wellington to meet with people from Ashburton and Christchurch Youth Offending Teams.

    There is some great work going on in both places. Ashburton has an advanced draft action plan in place, setting out tangible, realistic, and relevant goals for their community. We also heard about an exciting event they’ve run – you can find out more information below.

    Christchurch has finished most of the actions they had in last year’s plan and we had a successful session to start drafting this year’s plan. Thanks for welcoming us down and ka pai!

    As always, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about this newsletter, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

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  • 25 Aug 2016 7:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Manukau Institute Technology (Auckland) Courses for young people

    Open for September 2016

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  • 29 Jul 2016 4:00 PM | Anonymous

    Some of the members of a CYF Youth Panel, which advised Social Development Minister Anne Tolley, talk about the care they needed, but often didn't get from CYF. Stuff spoke with Karlee Symonds, Monique Goodhew, Shine Thompson, Tupua Urlich and Zak Quor for the Faces of Innocents project.

    They've suffered at the hands of their families, and the state. But the experiences of a group of former "CYF Kids" are helping shape a new system. Stacey Kirk met them for the Faces of Innocents project

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  • 25 Jul 2016 11:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    News & resources from the Forum and the field about collaborative work to get young people ready by 21.

    In This Issue: Boys & Men of Color |

    Quality | Child Well-Being 

    Adolescent Health

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  • 25 Jul 2016 11:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    Emcare July Update I Why do a CPR course?

    When delivering our courses, we hear from Health Professionals who have done a number of CPR courses over the years, and who feel forced to attend a course. No matter how many courses you do, you can never be too prepared for an emergency - and these often occur outside of your workplace.


    This link will take you to a video that screened on Seven Sharp recently http://tvnz.co.nz/seven-sharp/dad-s-life-saving-cpr-after-finding-toddler-face-down-in-pond-video-6478885

    It features a father who had to perform CPR on his daughter after finding her face down in a pond. Not something any of us would want to deal with, however this highlights that perhaps CPR should be viewed as a life skill, rather than something compulsory.

    Online Tests.

    Online testing
    Many thanks to those of you who have taken time to do the online tests and send us feedback about them. They have been a work in progress, and we have managed to incorporate most of your suggestions into them. Why not give them a go if you have some downtime? They can be accessed at http://www.emcare.co.nz/resources/course-resources

    Tip of the month
    This months top tip is from Philippe Gianni - a dentist at Lumino Ponsonby in Auckland. We give out algorithms on courses, and if you are not sure where to keep them, simply use Philippes' tip - attach them to the back of pictures that you have in your surgery/practice. They are out of sight when not needed, and if you do need them simply turn the picture over!

    Stay dry, warm and safe
    The team at Emcare - Saving Lives Made Simple

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