Archived News: May to June 2020

Daniel Z (9 July 2020) Audio RN Drive Australia – Woman living with FASD joins nationals calls for stronger pregnancy warnings on alcohol labels

Liotta, M (29 June 2020) Better pregnancy health labels on alcohol a ‘whole-of-community issue’ Healthcare organisations and individuals around Australia are calling for clear and consistent labelling to expand harm-minimisation strategies. NewsGP

Mirage News (26 June 2020) Commission evidence to FASD Inquiry. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, June Oscar, spoke of the connection between trauma and alcohol consumption by pregnant mothers, which can lead to FASD. “First Nations peoples suffer ongoing and unresolved trauma across generations due to the impact of colonisation and its ongoing legacies which include the continuation of discriminatory policies and practices,” said Commissioner Oscar. The Commissioner noted that while alcohol consumption in Indigenous women is lower than the general population, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who do drink during pregnancy are more likely to drink at levels which significantly increase the risk of FASD. “As a result, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities have a higher prevalence of FASD than the general population.”

Resounding yes to message on a bottle – global study finds broad support for alcohol warning labels (19 June 2020) Simone Pettigrew from the George Institute commented on the research findings from a 7 countries – 68 percent of Australians and 67 percent of New Zealanders surveyed are in favour – come at a critical time, with Australian and New Zealand Health and Food Ministers shortly to vote on recommendations by independent authority Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) to introduce long-awaited alcohol warning labels.

Dana McCauley Minister met with alcohol lobby before pregnancy warning label sent back for review. (18 June 2020) Sydney Morning Herald Food Minister Richard Colbeck met twice with alcohol industry lobbyists, including a major political donor, before a ministerial forum he chairs sent the independent regulator’s proposed mandatory pregnancy warning label back for review. Senator Colbeck met with the industry representatives in February and March after Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) recommended the label, with red and black lettering stating “HEALTH WARNING: Any amount of alcohol can harm your baby”, be printed on alcohol bottles.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders May Increase the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes and Other Metabolic Issues (17 June 2020) National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism NIAAA. USA.

FASD Senate Inquiry FARE opening statement (25 June 2020) Note: a history of lobbying for alcohol labels.

Assessment of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Washington, D.C.: Pan American Health Organization; 2020. License: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO.

Sarah Treleaven (20 May 2020) How To Get Help When A Child Or Teen Is Violent Towards A Parent. Huffington Post

Dana McCauley (19 May 2020) Doctors ‘hesitant’ to warn pregnant women against drinking alcohol. Sydney Morning Herald

Wang X etal (5 May 2020) In utero MRI identifies consequences of early-gestation alcohol drinking on fetal brain development in rhesus macaques Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Dana McCauley (12 May 2020) ‘Smoke and mirrors’: Food minister defends delay on alcohol pregnancy warnings

Mirage (6 May 2020) New research demonstrates effectiveness of alcohol warning labels


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