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Indigenous woman June Oscar has been appointed an officer in the Order of Australia for leading the campaign to successfully introduce restrictions on the sale of full strength take-away alcohol in Western Australia's Fitzroy valley.
Ms Oscar, a Bunuba woman, is the chief executive of the Marninwarntikura Women's Resource Centre in Fitzroy Crossing and a member of the Fitzroy Valley futures governing committee. Her groundbreaking efforts, along with Emily Carter, in 2007 contributed significantly to lowering the rates of alcohol-related violence and injuries in the region.
Ms Oscar continues her struggle to fight the effects of alcohol on people in her community as chief investigator of the Liliwan project researching the prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) in the Fitzroy Valley. She has also been instrumental in pushing for increased capabilities to diagnose and provide better services and support for people with FASD.
Ms Oscar has been recognised 'for distinguished service to the Indigenous community of Western Australia, particularly through health and social welfare programs'.
Source: The Australian