Creating the Conditions for People to Lead Healthy, Fulfilling Lives: Law Reform to Prevent and Control NCDs

DANCING IN THE RAIN: LIVING WITH CHRONIC DISEASE, G. Blashki and H. Sykes, eds, Future Leaders, Australia, 2015

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 15/98

17 Pages Posted: 13 Nov 2015 Last revised: 19 Oct 2016

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Belinda Reeve

The University of Sydney Law School

Lawrence O. Gostin

Georgetown University - Law Center - O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

Date Written: November 11, 2015

Abstract

'Creating the Conditions for People to Lead Healthy, Fulfilling Lives' forms part of a book on non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention called Dancing in the Rain: Living with NCDs, which is published by Future Leaders (an Australian philanthropic initiative) and is intended for a general audience. This chapter describes the growing global governance framework for NCD prevention and the range of new initiatives that governments around the world are using to combat NCDs, including measures that draw upon law and regulation. The chapter contrasts this widespread global innovation with Australia’s failure to take decisive action in the areas of obesity prevention and alcohol control. It asks why Australia has ended up as a 'laggard' in these areas when it remains the world leader in tobacco regulation, particularly following the recent introduction of plain packaging legislation. The chapter concludes by challenging Australia’s political leaders to champion legislative reform that more comprehensively addresses the modifiable risk factors for NCDs (including consumption of unhealthy foods and beverages, alcohol and tobacco, and physical inactivity) so that all Australians are empowered to lead healthy, fulfilling lives.

Keywords: Non-communicable disease, obesity, alcohol, tobacco, law, regulation

JEL Classification: I18, K10, K30, K32

Suggested Citation

Reeve, Belinda and Gostin, Lawrence O., Creating the Conditions for People to Lead Healthy, Fulfilling Lives: Law Reform to Prevent and Control NCDs (November 11, 2015). DANCING IN THE RAIN: LIVING WITH CHRONIC DISEASE, G. Blashki and H. Sykes, eds, Future Leaders, Australia, 2015, Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 15/98, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2689410

Belinda Reeve (Contact Author)

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Lawrence O. Gostin

Georgetown University - Law Center - O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law ( email )

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