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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
The Australian Medical Association (WA) has welcomed the State Government’s Preventative Health Summit, to be held in early March.
AMA (WA) President Dr Omar Khorshid said the Summit would be a great opportunity to focus attention on a range of public health issues, such as alcohol abuse, obesity and other risky lifestyle choices.
Speaking to the Sunday Times on the summit, Dr Khorshid added that the event should also include a discussion on government involvement in the preventative health space, and the need for a revamped Healthway organisation.
“We don’t want to be a nanny State, but we need to recognise the powerful relationships that junk food, alcohol and gambling companies have in linking their products with sport and the impact it has on our society,” Dr Khorshid said.
“Healthway, for example, had some good runs on the board in the past but it’s not as targeted anymore and there is now a hole in this area of public health promotion in WA.
“I think this summit is a good way for us to discuss how to fill that gap and make sure that we’re not linking healthy activities with unhealthy products,” he said.
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