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GAPC 2017 opening plenary address

The Global Alcohol Policy Conference 2017 is the leading forum for the world’s alcohol policy makers, researchers and practitioners, and is being held, for the first time in Australia.

The Conference officially commenced this morning, with attendees from all around the world addressed in the opening plenary by Australian Minister of Health Greg Hunt and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

In his opening address, Health Minster Greg Hunt shared his commitment to addressing alcohol harm and encouraged all attendees to continue using their research to help inform policy and address the many alcohol-related issues nationally and globally. He also shared about Australia’s commitment to investing in treatment and prioritising alcohol-related issues such as Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

In her opening address, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon welcomed global collaboration on tackling alcohol harm and shared how the Scottish Government is taking action to reduce alcohol-related illnesses and deaths. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says all the organisations represented at GAPC 2017 have a hugely important role to play in sharing the best ideas, research and evidence about reducing alcohol-related harms.

Watch opening videos:

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