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There are too many barriers faced by Western Australians when it comes to eating well. Highly processed, unhealthy food and drinks are heavily advertised, promoted and widely available.

Cancer Council WA advocates for policies that shift the focus back to healthy food and drink options, that will support Western Australian’s to eat well, to live in the best possible health and reduce their risk of diet and obesity related chronic disease including cancer.

We do this by:

  • Working with researchers to build evidence
  • Talking to community and decision-makers
  • Working with other health and medical organisations to build consensus and capacity

This work is generously funded by Healthway and is undertaken in partnership with the Telethon Kids Institute.

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WA government action to restrict unhealthy food and drink advertising on government property.


Setting standards for the types of food and drinks advertised on government property is a cost-effective action governments can take.

Evaluations show it can improve population diets, deliver health and cost benefits and not make an impact to government revenue.





Trapp G, Hooper H, Billingham W et al. Would you like fries with that? Investigating fast-food outlet availability near schools in Perth, Western Australia. Health Promo J Austral 2022, 1-6

Trapp G, Hooper P, Thornton L et al. Does fast-food outlet density differ by area-level disadvantage in metropolitan Perth, Western Australia? Health Promot J Austral 2022, 1-4

Trapp G, Hooper P, Thornton LE, et al. Exposure to unhealthy food and beverage advertising during the school commute in Australia. J Epidemiol Community Health 2021; 0:1–4. doi:10.1136/jech-2021-217032

Trapp G, Hooper P, Thornton LE et al. Children’s exposure to outdoor advertising near primary and secondary schools in Australia. Health Promot J Austral 2021;00:1-7. doi:10.1002/hpja.532

Chung A, Zorbas C, Riesenberg D et al, Policies to restrict unhealthy food and beverage advertising in outdoor spaces and on publicly owned assets: A scoping review of the literature. World Obesity 2021; e13386

Trapp G, Hooper P, Thornton L et al. Association between food-outlet availability near secondary schools and junk-food purchasing among Australian adolescents. Nutrition 2021, 91-92


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