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It’s a wrap! GAPC 2017 Pre-Conference Symposiums

Local and international experts gathered today in Melbourne for the Global Alcohol Policy Conference (GAPC) 2017 Pre-Conference Symposiums, to hear the latest evidence and case studies, and engage in a lively and provocative discussion about gender, alcohol and family violence, alcohol and development, and the challenges of cheap booze.

In the session, Gender, alcohol and family violence – what are the opportunities for primary prevention? hosted by VicHealth and La Trobe University, experts discussed how alcohol is a major factor in a substantial proportion of family violence cases, and presented a clear case for action to prevent alcohol-related violence against women and their children.

The two other sessions at the Pre-Conference Symposium included Alcohol and Development, hosted by GAPA, FORUT, International Health Policy Program Thailand, IOGT International and Thai Health Foundation, and Tackling cheap alcohol: policies to target products associated with high rates of harm, hosted by the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) and the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE).

GAPC 2017 – a forum for policy-makers, practitioners and researchers – is the first of its kind to be held in in Australia, and builds on earlier conferences’ translation of evidence into action, while contributing to the increasing momentum around the world to stop harm caused by alcohol.

In today’s wrap-up video, alcohol harm experts Michael Thorn, FARE Chief Executive, and Katherine Brown, IAS Chief Executive, discuss the highlights from the Pre-Conference Symposiums, and get us excited about the upcoming three-day GAPC 2017 conference.

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