Advocating for change: lessons from the alcohol policy and advocacy field

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Event details


Date & time

Thursday 19 November 2015


Room 1.04, Coombs Extension Building (8), Fellows Road, ANU
ANU Canberra


Amy Ferguson and Sarah Ward


Emma Larking
+61 (0)2 6125 1513

Alcohol is a legal product but causes considerable harm in our community. Despite this, alcohol is increasingly being sold and marketed as an ordinary product in Australia.

Amy Ferguson and Sarah Ward from the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) aim to challenge this reality. They will be presenting on FARE’s work and about the principles of advocating for change on complex social and economic issues. Understanding how policy is developed and how to influence policy is critical to achieving change. Amy and Sarah will present on some of the lessons from the field and highlight the role that research and researchers have in policy development and policy change.

Amy and Sarah will also give an outline of the projects that they are working on while at RegNet. Amy is focusing on the impact of industry-led social marketing campaigns and Sarah focusing on the historical impacts of regulation and deregulation of liquor licensing and alcohol harm in Australia.

About the Speakers

Amy Ferguson has worked on health and social policy development in both the public sector and not-for-profit sector, primarily in the tobacco and alcohol policy space. Amy has completed her Masters in Public Health and is currently the Director, Policy and Research at FARE.

Sarah Ward has worked in the alcohol and other drugs sector for over 10 years, particularly focused on alcohol policy development. Sarah’s career has included both government and non-government roles in Australia. Sarah is currently a Senior Policy Officer at FARE.

FARE is an independent not-for-profit organisation working to stop alcohol harm. FARE does this predominately through its advocacy and policy work.

Both Amy and Sarah are currently RegNet Visitors.

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