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Gemma Crawford, AHPA President has led a blog piece for Croakey on called "Ten ideas on careful stewardship for the public’s health: suggestions for making submissions". 

The WA Legislative Council has launched an inquiry into “Personal Choice and Community Safety”, with a focus on public health initiatives involving government regulation. Submissions are due by October 5.

The authors of the article below have plenty of ideas on how to make an effective submission to this and other such inquiries, while also reminding us of why careful, evidence-informed stewardship is good for the public’s health. In addition to their article below, the authors have provided a #LongRead version, which will no doubt be of interest to many attending the Public Health Association of Australia’s conference in Cairns this week (See #AustPH2018 for more conference news).

The authors are: Gemma Crawford, Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA); Dr Jonathan Hallett, Collaboration for Evidence, Research and Impact in Public Health (CERIPH), Curtin University; Melissa Ledger, Cancer Council Western Australia (CCWA); Lauren Nimmo, Royal Lifesaving Society Western Australia (RLSSWA); Hannah Pierce, Public Health Association of Australia (WA Branch) (PHAA WA); Julia Stafford, McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth (MCAAY); Dr Melissa Stoneham, Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia (PHAIWA); and Maurice Swanson, Australian Council on Smoking and Health (ACOSH).

Submissions for the "Personal Choice and Community Safety" inquiry close Friday 5 October.

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