The international Global Alcohol Policy Conference (GAPC) is the leading forum for the world’s alcohol policy makers and researchers.
GAPC 2017 will be co-hosted by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA), National Alliance for Action on Alcohol (NAAA) and Global Alcohol Policy Alliance (GAPA).
The conference will be held over three days from Wednesday 4 to Friday 6 October 2017 at the Pullman Albert Park Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
This conference’s theme of Mobilising for Change – Alcohol policy and the evidence for action builds on earlier conferences’ translation of evidence into action and recognises the increasing momentum around the world to stop harm caused by alcohol.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that alcohol consumption caused 3.3 million deaths in 2012 – nearly six percent of all deaths worldwide. With a multitude of short-term and long-term health risks associated with alcohol consumption (including alcohol poisoning, increased cancer risk, motor vehicle crashes, alcohol dependence and alcoholism, homicides, suicides, stillbirths, heart disease and stroke), communities are often desperate for effective measures to stem the tide.
GAPC 2017 forges links between the evidence and action using rigorous alcohol policy research to inform effective responses at local, state and national levels.
Previous conferences have also focused on advocacy, overcoming vested interests in alcohol policy development and the need for international collaboration. GAPC 2017 will maintain this tradition.
Each day of the GAPC 2017 will be distinct and dedicate time to learning from other sectors (beyond alcohol), particularly from successful interventions and global alliances and advocacy movements. A diverse range of speakers, will provide opportunities for discussion about the experience other advocacy movements and how this can be applied to the alcohol policy environment and reinvigorate GAPA.
This three day conference will explore a range of themes, including:
Advocacy and leadership
Emerging and innovative research
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