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December newsletter

Please find the December edition of our newsletter here.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

PHAIWA 2017 WA Election Platform Available

We have released our 2017 WA Election Platform. We have identified six priority areas where investments and commitments can be made to ensure the health and well-being of all West Australians. Political Ask One – Public Health at the Local Government Level Political Ask Two – Public Health for Aboriginal

Sugar-It’s the new tobacco

Australia’s Solutions In this article, it is proposed that a tax on sugary drinks of 40 cents per 100 grams of sugar, on all non-alcoholic, water-based drinks that contain added sugar should be added in an effort to recoup some of the costs of obesity to the community.

PHAIWA forms a new partnership

PHAIWA welcomes a new formal partnership with the Injury Control Council of Western Australia (ICCWA). If you receive our JournalWatch service you will see an injury prevention journal added to the mix in 2017. To find out more information about ICCWA visit

New data on WA burden of disease

The Epidemiology Branch has released a fact sheet on the Overview of the burden of disease in Western Australia, 2011. This is the first fact sheet in a series providing the most recent available WA data for 200 diseases and nearly 30 risk factors from the Australian Burden of Disease

Advocacy to ensure gambling does not become normalised in sport continues to be needed, see articles below

Here is a report about the uses of social media in marketing by wagering and sports betting companies in Australia. Here is an article about ex AFL star Chris Judd’s about face on gambling in sports.  

The Public Health Act was assented on July 25 2016

Public health professionals have enthusiastically welcomed the new WA Public Health Act, which will, at long last, replace the 1911 Act. The development of the new Act is a major regulatory reform project for Western Australia, supported and advocated for by many people and organisations.  It is the culmination of