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MEDIA RELEASE Monday 24th October 2005

International Lead Poisoning Awareness Week
Aims and achievements of The LEAD Group

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October 20 – 27 is International Lead Poisoning Awareness Week. It’s time to sum up The LEAD Group’s achievements, and remind everyone of the importance of the fight against lead poisoning. We’ve 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 O’Brien -

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 we’ve 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. It’s a big job - 81 countries still sell leaded petrol. America could, and should, be the leader in this campaign. America has the world’s 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 we’re all volunteers – actually came from overseas to help keep the unfunded LEAD Group alive.

We’re celebrating our survival and achievements on the 26th of October at our annual dinner.

The LEAD Group AGM
Roger Kilburn (Secretary, Committee), Michelle Calvert (Vice-President, Committee), Elizabeth O'Brien (Committee Member & Full-time Volunteer), Thalia Oneeglio (Thesis Corporate), Josť Ponce (Accountant Volunteer), Dianeetha Nilanthi Kulasena (Data Entry Volunteer), Eric Steinhaeuser (Public Relationship Volunteer ), Sun Chan (Data Entry Volunteer), Alex Hopkins (Auditor), Jasmin Kyle (Project Manager Volunteer), Madeline Aitken (Envronmental Health Campaign Volunteer).

International Lead Poisoning Awareness Week concludes with a presentation at Macquarie University on October 27, by Elizabeth O’Brien, on "Green Lead" - oxymoron or future vision? (see www.chiro.mq.edu.au/Seminars/2005/2005O%27BrienFlyer.pdf ).

Contact Elizabeth O’Brien (02) 97160014. ###

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