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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Month

Get ready to start conversations in September!

The ninth day of the ninth month symbolises the nine months of pregnancy, and events to raise awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) are held globally throughout the month of September.

In Aotearoa New Zealand, we have the privilege of being the first in the world to mark it!

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Key messages for 2023:

FASD is a lifelong disability caused by exposure to alcohol while in the womb.

Rangatahi and tamariki affected by FASD experience physical, behavioural, emotional and learning difficulties that affect their interactions within education, health and justice settings.

Currently the support for individuals with this neurodisability in Aotearoa New Zealand is very limited and many families face huge personal and financial difficulties as a result.

With shared strength, guidance and wisdom, those with those with FASD can grow and achieve – ma te kaha o te kaha, te aratohu me te whakaaro nui, ka tupu te tipu me te whakatutuki i te hunga ki te FASD.

Red shoes are the international symbol for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) awareness, and thousands of people around the world wear them on September 9.

Whilst it is wonderful to have an international campaign to support, we are interested in creating an Aotearoa-specific one for 2023 — so you don’t have to wear red shoes to take part in raising awareness around FASD!


It aims to raise awareness of FASD, how to prevent FASD, and the support people and families living with FASD need to thrive.

Alcohol Healthwatch is a national charity dedicated to reducing and preventing alcohol-related harm through effective health promotion. FASD-CAN is a national charity supporting those living with FASD. FASD-CAN aims to educate and provide strategies for those living with FASD.

You can follow FASD-CAN on Facebook, and become a member.


A range of events are planned around the motu in September.