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Sugar-It’s the new tobacco

Australia’s Solutions http://apo.org.au/resource/sugary-drinks-tax-recovering-community-costs-obesity 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. http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-11/doctors-groups-call-for-sugar-tax-to-tackle-obesity/8012626?pfmredir=sm

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 https://www.iccwa.org.au/.

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. https://www.responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au/information-and-resources/research/recent-research/the-marketing-of-wagering-on-social-media Here is an article about ex AFL star Chris Judd’s about face on gambling in sports. http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/opinion/liam-bartlett/liam-bartlett-why-chris-judd-endorsing-betting-reeks-of-hypocrisy/news-story/03a39d5e2c524a22fa7759350ee26276  

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

Read Dr Melissa Stoneham’s latest blog

Where is the “roadmap” leading, for remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia? The Western Australian Government recently released a “roadmap” for the future of the State’s regional and estimated 274 remote communities. This follows widespread concerns over the past 18 months about the threatened closure of some remote communities in