Alcohol is a major public health issue. Alcohol harm in Australia is significant. More than 5,500 lives are lost every year and more than 157,000 people are hospitalised making alcohol one of our nation’s greatest preventative health challenges.
PHAIWA works alongside the McCusker Centre for Alcohol and Youth but deals mainly with alcohol and adults.
PHAIWA is currently revising the Managing Alcohol in Our Communities: A Guide for Local Government. This resource will complement the existing Planners Guide for Managing Alcohol which can be accessed by contacting WALGA.
PHAIWA Projects and Resources
Alcohol Management Guidelines
PHAIWA together with WALGA and MHC are developing the Alcohol Management Guidelines for Local Government.
Alcohol Sponsorship in Sport
PHAIWA is advocating to stop alcohol sponsorship in sport, and to remove alcohol advertisements from live sport telecasts. Read more about our work in this area here.
Leading up to the 2017 State election, the opposition health spokesman Roger Cook said the ban would cover all public transport authority property, including buses, train stations and bus stops, where close to 25% of ads were for alcohol. He stated that research has consistently shown that there is a direct link between exposure of alcohol advertising and alcohol consumption. We have a responsibility to our children and the wider community to reduce the amount to which they are exposed to alcohol advertising.
Alcohol Harm by Electorate
In early 2017, Curtin University released a study into alcohol-related harm in WA’s 59 Lower House electoral districts found 415 police-recorded serious assaults in 2010-13 in the southern suburbs district, which includes Attadale and Bicton. Serious assaults are murders, manslaughter, aggravated assaults and driving causing death.
The electorate of Perth was the worst, with 1709 reports of alcohol-caused serious assaults.
There were 548 reports in Fremantle, 514 in Victoria Park and 475 in Belmont.
Bicton ranked fifth in the metropolitan area. Bassendean, Mirrabooka, Midland, Burns Beach and Armadale made up the top 10 electorates.
The worst regional electorate for alcohol-fuelled violence was the Kimberley, with 1234 serious assaults, then the Pilbara and Kalgoorlie.
To access this report click here.
To visit the McCusker Centre for Alcohol and Young People to go: https://mcaay.org.au/
The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education supports communities, contributes to building evidence, and encourages action to prevent alcohol-related harms. It provides national funding rounds that have supported 750 organisations around the country in the areas of:
- public education and prevention campaigns
- community partnerships
- training and mentoring
- organisational capacity enhancement
- capital improvements and refurbishments
- treatment and rehabilitation programs and services.
FARE is currently running a campaign to advocate for booze free sport and calling for unhealthy alcohol sponsors to be phased out from professional sports. Get involved at http://fare.org.au/boozefreesport/
To visit the FARE website click here.
Factors influencing reductions in smoking among Australian adolescents
A continued increase in the proportion of adolescents who never smoke, as well as an understanding of factors that influence reductions in smoking among this susceptible population, is crucial. The World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control provides an appropriate structure to briefly examine Australian and New South Wales policies and programs that are influencing reductions in smoking among adolescents in Australia. This paper provides an overview of price and recent tax measures to reduce the demand for tobacco, the evolution of smoke-free environment policies, changes to tobacco labelling and packaging, public education campaigns, and restrictions to curb tobacco advertising. It also discusses supply reduction measures that limit adolescents’ access to tobacco products. Consideration is given to emerging priorities to achieve continued declines in smoking by Australian adolescents.
Read more here.
This in focus report was released on 8th December 2016 and published by the AIHW. The report looks at tobacco smoking rates by Primary Health Network areas.
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