MEDIA RELEASE Monday 24th October 2005
International Lead Poisoning Awareness Week
October 20 27 is International Lead Poisoning Awareness Week. Its time to sum up The LEAD Groups achievements, and remind everyone of the importance of the fight against lead poisoning. Weve just added three new fact sheets to our web site. One summarises the damage to the brain caused by lead poisoning, including the connection between foetal lead poisoning and schizophrenia. See: Lead Poisoning And The Brain - Cognitive Deficits And Mental Illness, by Michelle Naylor
The second outlines the history of lead since its first known use. See: Facts And Firsts Of Lead by Katarzyna Bochynska
The third deals with the nice little earner that is lead royalties in Australia. See: Lead Mining Royalties By State And Territory; by Shahilla Balachandran, Eric Steinhaeuser and Elizabeth OBrien -
When the LEAD Group was founded in 1991, one of our aims was to help bring about the elimination of childhood lead poisoning in Australia by the year 2002.
Sadly, children are still getting lead poisoned. But weve been able to make people aware of the dangers of lead. We helped to bring about the banning of leaded petrol in Australia, and now have joined with the United Nations in trying to get leaded petrol banned world wide. Its a big job - 81 countries still sell leaded petrol. America could, and should, be the leader in this campaign. America has the worlds best lead-poisoning prevention measures at home, but turns a blind eye to what its chemical giants and other corporations get up to overseas.
The LEAD Group has been attracting more and more international enquiries. Last year we acknowledged this by changing the name of our advisory service to the "Global Lead Advice and Support Service." A quarter of enquiries now come from overseas. Two of our volunteer staff and were all volunteers actually came from overseas to help keep the unfunded LEAD Group alive.
Were celebrating our survival and achievements on the 26th of October at our annual dinner.
International Lead Poisoning Awareness Week concludes with a presentation at Macquarie University on October 27, by Elizabeth OBrien, on "Green Lead" - oxymoron or future vision? (see www.chiro.mq.edu.au/Seminars/2005/2005O%27BrienFlyer.pdf ).
Contact Elizabeth OBrien (02) 97160014. ###
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