HealthyLaws Citizens’ Jury

In April, the HealthyLaws team conducted a 2.5 day citizens’ jury with a diverse group of South Australian citizens. The jury was asked “What laws, if any, should we have in Australia to address childhood obesity?”. They interacted with a range of experts including nutritionists, lawyers, ethicists, a health economist and experts presenting¬† ‘industry’ and Government views. The jury process was overseen by an independent trained facilitator and recorded by a court reporter. On the third day, the jury deliberated in small groups and as a jury and presented a range of acceptable regulatory options for consideration by Governments in Australia. The group undertook a prioritization process to identify those regulatory options which they felt should be tackled first. In particular, they identified a number of hands-on educational opportunities, some facilitative policies which would support good decision-making for healthy eating and some restrictive legislation which would make healthy food options more appealing. You can view the jury’s recommendations and the expert panel’s asks for South Australia in the submission brief we sent to the South Australian Government. HealthyLaws submission to SA Premier

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