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- Heavy hitters boost our World Cup hopes 01 Jun 2008
- Youth Forum Discussion Paper 17 May 2008
- We can't take sport for granted 11 May 2008
- Women truly can do anything be anything 20 Apr 2008
- Let the Games begin with all our athletes 30 Mar 2008
- Proud past but future a challenge for women 09 Mar 2008
- Young people will be heard at highest level 17 Feb 2008
- Our nation has changed dramatically in three weeks 16 Dec 2007
- Mobile Phone Towers 23 Sep 2007
- Bradken Foundry 01 Jul 2007
- Full Fees 03 Jun 2007
- Eating Disorders 17 Dec 2006
- Iraq 27 Jul 2006
- Electoral Laws 26 Jun 2006
- Dental 08 Jan 2006
- Make Poverty History 18 Sep 2005
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28 Jun 2010 - Minister Calls for Industry Action on Body Image
THE HON KATE ELLIS MP
MINISTER FOR EARLY EDUCATION,
CHILD CARE AND YOUTH
27 June 2010
Minister calls for industry action on body image
Minister for Youth Kate Ellis has announced Australian Government support for a Voluntary Industry Code of Conduct on Body Image (see attached).
The Code of Conduct was developed by the National Advisory Group on Body Image and provides a list of best practice principles to guide professionals in the media, advertising and fashion industries about body image.
"Today I am calling on industry professionals to move beyond the 'business as usual' approach and take real action to promote positive body image," Ms Ellis said.
"I am asking industry to embrace this Code and to work in partnership with Government and the community to integrate the goals of the Code into their business practices".
In support of the Code, the Australian Government will be establishing a new Body Image Friendly awards scheme.
Awards will be given to industry organisations who can demonstrate meaningful and ongoing integration of the principles in the Code into their ongoing business.
Significantly, organisations who are recognised with these awards will earn the right to carry the 'Body Image Friendly' symbol (see attached). Winners will be able to utilise this symbol in their marketing and promotion.
""This symbol builds on the momentum for changes that already exists in the fashion, media and beauty industries. It has great potential to become a point of differentiation for products being sold in the market," Ms Ellis said.
"The symbol will be a marketing tool which acts as a signal to consumers that a particular product or brand stands for positive action on body image".
Criteria for these awards will be based on the Code and will be developed in consultation with industry and health experts over the coming months.
An expert panel will be established to judge the awards and will include representatives from the health sector, industry and youth representatives.
The judging panel will be chaired by the Chair of the Body Image Advisory Group, online blogger and columnist and former Cosmopolitan editor Mia Freedman.
The Australian Government is providing $500,000 to support a series of body image initiatives.
For further information including a statement outlining the Government's body image initiatives and a copy of the Voluntary Industry Code of Conduct, visit www.youth.gov.au
Minister Ellis' media contact: Jamila Rizvi 0438 644 603
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