Documentary: More New Zealanders could have foetal alcohol injuries than suggested

The number of people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) may be grossly underestimated.

The call comes from health professionals, teachers and advocates for those with FASD, who say gaps in research need to be addressed, to “better inform research and policy”.

FASD is a lifelong neurodisability caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol. The frontline workers told researchers from the University of Auckland and Hāpai te Hauora they wanted to see ‘’evidence-informed’’ intervention and treatment for people with FASD throughout their lives.

The full study is currently being compiled for the Health Research Council but Dr Joanna Chu, from the university’s National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI), said a prevalence study was highlighted as an ‘’important priority’’. READ MORE:

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