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Peak Indigenous body calls for mandatory alcohol labelling; recognition of FASD in Australia

Date posted: 26 September 2012

The peak Indigenous body in Australia, National Congress of Australia's First Peoples, has called for mandatory labelling and health warnings about the risks associated with drinking.

Congress is also calling on the government to include Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in the definition of disability, so people with FASD can access support, and individuals and families affected are included in the National disability insurance scheme.

Congress co-chair, Jody Broun, said FASD was an issue for all Australians and must be included in the definition of disability.

'Congress was urged to help highlight the lifelong effects of FASD by congress members at a Marninwarnitkura women's bush meeting in Fitzroy Crossing, Western Australia,' she said.

'The women told me how Aboriginal communities are disproportionately burdened by lifelong care and the lack of support for development through...the health, justice and education systems. There is a strong association of FASD with other social impacts issues such as over-representation in the criminal justice system.'

She said the Congress was calling for mandatory labelling and health warnings. Under the present system, fewer than one in six products carried any kind of message and 98% of the messages could barely be read.

'Congress has made these and other recommendations, supporting calls from congress members and member organisations, including the First Peoples Disability Network (Australia),' Ms Broun said.

In response to these concerns, the Congress has made a submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs' inquiry into FASD.

Source: The Australian


National Congress of Australia's First Peoples
PO Box 1446
Strawberry Hills NSW 2012


Last updated: 25 March 2014
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