Danny Green Goes Another Round Against Alcohol-Related Violence

The Australian Government will contribute $200,000 to the Danny Green Fighting Chance Foundation to support the successful Coward Punch campaign.

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29 October 2014

The Australian Government will contribute $200,000 to the Danny Green Fighting Chance Foundation to support the successful Coward Punch campaign to reduce alcohol-related violence, the Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash, announced today.

Speaking at the AMA National Alcohol Summit Senator Nash said the funding would go towards the production of two new television advertisements and other promotional material featuring former professional boxer, Danny Green.

“Danny Green is well placed to warn Australians about the dangers of alcohol-related violence,” Minister Nash said.

“He’s a four time boxing world champion and remains a popular media personality who is passionate about reducing alcohol-related assaults and changing the perception that getting drunk and assaulting someone is ‘tough’.

“The new phase of his Coward Punch campaign, which is expected to be launched before Christmas, will build on the One Punch Can Kill television advertisement in which Danny helped raise awareness of the serious consequences that a single act of violence can have for both the victim and the assailant.”

Senator Nash said the Australian Government was committed to increasing awareness about the dangers of harmful drinking, including the increased risks of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in children exposed to alcohol before birth.

"The Government has committed $9.2 million to the FASD Action Plan which will be used for a number of programmes including to develop a diagnostic tool, develop best practice interventions for alcohol dependent women and to support a Technical FASD Group Chaired by Professor Elizabeth Elliott," Minister Nash said.

"We have also committed $19.1 million over four years to continue the Good Sports Programme which aims to change behaviour and attitudes around alcohol consumption through partnerships with more than 6,000 sporting clubs.

"The Government also provides support towards treatment services and programmes, peak organisations and research. This year we have allocated more than $200 million dollars.

“While there are promising trends in decreased alcohol consumption in Australia, the Government will continue to work with all the key stakeholders including preventive health groups, the medical and allied health professions and the alcohol industry to help reduce the harm caused by unsafe alcohol consumption,” Senator Nash said.

Media contact: Kay McNiece, 0412 132 585

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