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Date posted: 29 November 2013
Mick Gooda, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, paid tribute to the work of June Oscar and the communities of the Fitzroy Valley in his address to the Australasian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Conference in Brisbane last week. In his address, Mr Gooda outlined a vision where 'communities are empowered to become agents of their own change.' He said 'The role of governments is to remove the obstacles that prevent us from taking control and to build capacity within our communities so that we can step up and take on these responsibilities.' Given the sensitive nature of FASD it is imperative that prevention, intervention and management strategies are developed in partnership with the people impacted by FASD including children, women, families and communities.
Source: Australian Human Rights Commission