21st September 2018, Volume 131 Number 1482

Chris Bullen

On 27 July 2018 our peer-reviewed paper1 was published in the New Zealand Medical Journal. The article presented important findings on maternal alcohol consumption in New Zealand and attracted considerable media interest.

Subsequently, our attention has been drawn to a similar analysis undertaken by SUPERU (the previous government unit whose work focused on “what works to improve the lives of families and whanau”, between 2004 and 2018). The report was published online as a technical report in 2015 (http://www.superu.govt.nz/research-report-patterns-dynamics-alcohol-consumption-during-pregnancy).

We wish to acknowledge this earlier report, of which we had been unaware. We accessed data from the GUINZ dataset having applied for data access for our analyses in 2014. The SUPERU researchers used the same data in their analyses. We can categorically state we did not draw our data from the SUPERU report and apologise if there was confusion about this.

The fact that many of our findings were in common with those presented in their technical report speaks to the quality of the dataset and expertise in both groups of researchers, and underlines the confidence we have in this information for public health action.

Author Information

Chris Bullen, Director and Professor of Public Health, National Institute for Health Innovation, University of Auckland, Auckland.

Correspondence

Prof Chris Bullen, Director and Professor of Public Health, National Institute for Health Innovation, University of Auckland, Morrin Rd, Auckland 1151.

Correspondence Email

c.bullen@auckland.ac.nz

Competing Interests

Nil.

References

  1. Rossen F, Newcombe D, Parag V, Underwood L, Marsh S, Berry S, Grant C, Morton S, Bullen C. Alcohol consumption in New Zealand women before and during pregnancy: findings from the Growing Up in New Zealand study. 2018; 131(1479):24–34.