Australian Medical Association Calls For National Summit On Alcohol

Public hospital specialists slam Campbell Newman’s plan to force contacts, set up $1.8m fighting fund

Perth intensive care specialist Professor Geoffrey Dobb said sometimes he went to work in the morning and half of the people in intensive care were there due to alcohol. “An action that lasts for just a second can impact on people for the rest of their lives,” he said. The effect of alcohol misuse also extends to children, with tens of thousands of cases each year of alcohol-related child mistreatment, the AMA says. DAVID PENBERTHY: A NEW GENERATION OF GUTLESS THUGS Prof Dobb said there needed to be a change in the drinking culture in Australia. While the group is looking to the commonwealth for help, Acting Prime Minister Warren Truss told reporters on Wednesday people should not rely on the government to stop alcohol fuelled-violence. He said governments could make it easier for people to be jailed, but they could not solve the problem. “People have got to take responsibility for their own lives, recognise the impact on people that they may hurt as the result of some silly drunken violence but also on their own lives.” Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has thrown his support behind the AMA’s proposal, saying it wasn’t a problem in just one small pocket of Sydney. “It isn’t just a challenge for local and state governments. This is a national issue that demands national attention,” he said in a statement with Labor health spokeswoman Catherine King. Mr Shorten said the community owed it to innocent one-punch victims like Daniel Christie , who died after being assaulted in Kings Cross on New Year’s Eve, to face up to the problem of alcohol-fuelled violence. He said a national summit was the most appropriate way to bring key groups together, including the hotel industry and health experts, to work in partnership with government to tackle the issue. NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell said it was up to the federal government to decide whether a national summit on alcohol was necessary. “These are problems that extend beyond state borders,” he told reporters today. “The prime minister has made clear …

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