We did it! - the FSANZ pregnancy Alcohol warning labels success
We did it — Australia will soon have a mandatory, visible and effective health warning on alcohol products!
More than 4,000 community leaders, doctors, researchers and families — and 180 organisations — called on Food Forum Ministers to support a red, black and white pregnancy health warning.
When Ministers met today, they listened to the community and placed the health and safety of families first!
It is amazing to see what we can achieve when we stand together.
By sharing our stories, sending letters to representatives, making calls and speaking up in the media — together, we have encouraged decision makers to make the right decision.
We must acknowledge that it has been a long journey to get us to today’s success.
Countless hours of advocacy, strong research and testing, meaningful consultation and lots of community action has gone into getting this health warning over the line.
At every turn, there have been attempts to delay or water down this vital reform. But together, we have stayed strong and not backed down.
The majority of Australians have supported a clear and visible pregnancy health warning on alcohol products for decades — and they are with us in celebrating today’s result.
Thousands of families with experiences of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) will be overjoyed at this decision — they have been campaigning for this for a long time, and it is a well-earned victory.
To the FASD community, we want you to know that we see you, we hear you, and we’ll keep working with you to help create change.
To everyone who signed the open letter and took action over the last few weeks, thank you for making today possible and a visible health warning a reality!
Thank you for all you do,
The Australian College of Midwives (ACM) is the peak professional body for midwives in Australia who are registered with, and regulated by, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). ACM’s position is that women have access to midwifery care during pregnancy, birth and postnatally. We exist to ensure midwives are strong and confident practitioners who can work to their full scope of practice.