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They came to talk about the country’s drinking problem…

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The AMA National Alcohol Summit drew politicians, doctors, public health experts, police, community leaders, and industry representatives from across the country.

The brain-child of AMA President Associate Professor Brian Owler, Vice President Dr Stephen Parnis, immediate-past President Dr Steve Hambleton and former Vice President Professor Geoffrey Dobb, it was held to bring national attention to the enormous harm caused by excessive alcohol consumption and prompt the Federal Government into action.

The distinguished list of speakers included Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash, Opposition leader Bill Shorten, Shadow Health Minister Catherine King, Australian Greens health spokesman Richard Di Natale, NSW Premier Mike Baird, Labor MPs Graham Perrett and Doug Cameron, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda, NT Children’s Commissioner Dr Howard Bath, Public Health Advocacy Institute Director Professor Mike Daube, Sydney University paediatrician Professor Elizabeth Elliot, Police Federation of Australia President Vince Kelly, and Lowitja Institute Chair Dr Pat Anderson.

The two-day Summit was held on 28 and 29 October at the National Convention Centre, Canberra.

Videos of Summit sessions and other information can be viewed at: node/15484?no_cache=1415162069

The Summit communique can be viewed at: media/ama-national-alcohol-summit-communique

Adrian Rollins