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FACS Conference - Meeting of the minds

FACS Conference - Meeting of the minds - 24-25 January 2019

for FACS “Meeting of the minds” conference

The “Meeting of the minds” conference will be held 24-25 January 2019, at Heritage Hotel in Auckland, New Zealand.

Aim of the conference

With the medical knowledge versus the reality of living with foetal anticonvulsant syndrome (FACS), it is time that there is a meeting of the minds. Together, working collabroatively, there can be a reduction of FACS, and for those already affected the opportunity to assist and empower them to reach their full potential. It is about collaboration, a holistic approach, equal partnership conversations, informed consent, and making a positive change. Everyone’s voice is valid.

The cost for registration for the 2 day conference is

FACS Families - $175.00

Organisations  & Individuals- $300.00

Healthcare professionals - $450.00

Please contact events@facsnz.com for a registration form. Registration closes on the 21st of January 2019.

Confirmed key note speakers

Prof. Amanda Wood - Professor of Developmental Neuropsychology, Aston University 

Janet Williams & Emma Murphy - Leading Advocates for Sodium Valproate Awareness, UK

Denise Astill, Executive Officer and founder FACS NZ

Dee Young & Ginette Spence - ACC

Heather Campbell & Jackson Garratt - Life with FACS an older perspective


A draft programme is available and for more information please email events@facsnz.com. Alternatively you can visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/facsnz


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1:00 PM13:00

Oral Submission to the Health Select Committee

Denise Astill will be presenting on behalf of FACS NZ to the Health Select Committee. This has come from the petition asking for an inquiry into the numbers of babies harmed since 1966 due to exposure to  anti epileptic medicines during pregnancy, why it has occurred, is still occurring, and how to ensure informed consent.

The submission will be presented at Parliament Buildings, Wellington. Select Committee Room 4 

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