media releases

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29 October 2018

Health professionals weigh in on air pollution impact

Australia's leading health groups are calling on the government to respond to the increasing threat of air pollution to people’s health.

As the World Health Organisation meets for the first ever global conference on air pollution and health in Geneva on Monday, the Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) voiced growing concern about the increasing health impacts on the Australian population.

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15 October 2018

Health groups welcome support for climate and health strategy

Health groups representing hundreds of thousands of health professionals across Australia are calling on all Wentworth by-election candidates to support a national strategy on climate change and health, warning the evidence of health impacts from a changing climate are too severe to ignore.

Independent candidate for Wentworth, Dr Kerryn Phelps, is the latest candidate to back the national strategy based on the framework developed by health stakeholders, following last week’s IPCC report that “unprecedented” changes were needed if global warming increases 1.5C beyond the pre-industrial period.

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8 October 2018

Public health warning: exceeding Paris targets puts hundreds of thousands of lives at risk

Australian health professionals have declared the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report a public health warning and called on the federal government urgently develop a national climate and health policy.

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19 February 2018

Queenslanders to benefit from health plan to combat climate change impacts

A Discussion Paper and Survey released today calls for health services and those providing aged care and childcare to contribute to the development of a climate change response plan for the health sector in Qld.

The Queensland Government has funded the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) and the Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) to develop a health and wellbeing climate adaptation plan for the state. 

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14 November 2017

Medibank divestment from fossil fuels a win for people's health

As a coalition of groups committed to better health and a safer climate, the Climate and Health Alliance has welcomes the decision by Medibank to divest from fossil fuels. 

"The decision by Medibank to limit its exposure to assets that contribute to global warming is an important acknowledgement of the harmful impacts of climate change on people's health and well-being," said Climate and Health Alliance Executive Director, Fiona Armstrong.

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31 October 2017

Human lives being lost due to inaction on climate: major new international health study

A major new health report reveals the failure of nations, including Australia, to tackle climate change is jeopardizing human lives and livelihoods around the world.

The Lancet Countdown 2030 report reveals 125 million vulnerable adults have been exposed to heatwaves since 2010, with an additional one billion facing exposure by 2040.

An accompanying Australian Policy Brief highlights the need for all levels of government to prioritise health in climate change responses, which should include phasing out coal, tightening emissions regulations in transport and building sectors, and integrating health in climate policy, as per the example of the health sector led Framework for a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being for Australia, released in June 2017.

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22 June 2017

World First: Leading Health Experts Launch a Framework for a National Climate and Health Strategy

In a world first initiative, a coalition of leading health experts and organisations, along with federal parliamentarians, will today launch a Framework for a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being for Australia. 

The Framework has been developed on behalf of a coalition of over thirty health and medical organisations, and follows a year-long national consultation to identify stakeholders’ priorities and concerns regarding the health impacts of climate change.

Executive Director of the Climate and Health Alliance Fiona Armstrong said: “The Framework provides a comprehensive roadmap to assist Australia in addressing the significant risks that climate change poses to the health and well-being of the community, and in meeting its obligations to citizen’s ‘right to health’ under the Paris Agreement.”

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Health and medical experts call for national strategy on climate change: new report 

Latrobe Valley to benefit from cleaner air and better health 

Hospitals and health services in Australia and New Zealand recognised as ‘Climate Champions’ in global awards




The Lancet: Landmark new medical research highlights opportunities for better health from strong climate action

Health groups call for tough emissions cuts with no new coal-mines and coal power closure

Obama proclamation on climate change and health puts Australia on notice

Health groups call for coal and health inquiry in light of new pollution data

CAHA responds to misleading claims by NSW Minerals Council in relation to Coal and Health report

Health leaders call on NSW Premier to ban new coal mines in Hunter 

2014 Media Releases

Climate disruption is underway: Australia’s obstruction on policy putting lives at risk

As G20 gets underway, leading health bodies declare Australia’s reliance on coal dangerous for health

Avoiding further global warming can be done cheaply and will improve health

Health care sector explores pathways to low carbon operations 

Abbott refusal to attend UN Climate Summit a risk to national interest: health and medical leaders

Senators urged to vote against repeal: a carbon price is good for health

Federal budget an investment in climate and health damages 

Health and wellbeing the winners in the emerging low carbon world 

Health professionals call for climate action after UN climate change report

WA urged to vote for climate and health in Senate election 

We’re not yet ready for climate change but it’s here now, and harming our health

Answers needed re health of smoke affected community in Morwell

Failure to act on climate change putting the health of Australians at risk

Health groups sound the alarm on Direct Action Plan

2013 Media Releases

Climate change to cause significant loss of life: health research and policy forum

Australian film to carry climate message to Europe, while Government refuses to attend climate talks

IPCC climate science report confirms Australia cannot afford to delay: health experts

Coal and gas harming health and driving climate change: health experts

Click here to view a short version (5 minutes) of The Human Cost of Power.

Health sector thinking green and global for better health

RET, adaptation research and Clean Air Act glimmers of hope in ‘climate-lite’ campaign 

Greens a clear choice on climate change and health

Download the Climate and Health scorecard here.

Health groups put climate first in election poll 

End the age of coal

Coal production putting lives at risk

Lives increasingly at risk from ‘angry climate’

Health groups call for urgent action to address health risks from coal and coal seam gas

Health groups to discuss harm to health from coal, csg

Health bodies warn that heatwaves put health at risk           


Health is the most important motivation for climate action

New coal and health report welcomed

Major health threat overlooked in national medical research review

Inaction on climate change now a leading cause of deaths globally

New network of sustainable healthcare launched in Australia

Billions in health benefits from targeted climate action

Environmental and health groups welcome ACMA finding against 2GB

Fossil fuel subsidies are harming our health

Energy policy in need of intensive care

Climate action is good for health: Health experts forum at Melbourne festival

Wind power a safe and healthy alternative to fossil fuels


Action on climate will be good for health

Health must be at the heart of climate talks

Murray Darling draft plan fails to protect health

Expansion of coal must stop, health groups say

Health groups call on Baillieu to stick to emissions target

Health groups prescribe science-based approach to water for the Murray

Abbott is wrong: the carbon price is a public health measure

Baillieu is wrong: the carbon price is good for health

Carbon package a good start but more needed

Health the victim of carbon price fuel exemption

Health groups call for healthy Murray Darling

New study shows rising health penalty from climate change

Carbon price revenue should support health, not polluters

Carbon price must rule out coal

Health groups warn of public health risk from low carbon price


PC study into climate policy must also consider health costs

Healthy benefits from strong action on climate

Guide to boost climate literacy welcomed – clearly needed in Canberra

Alliance supports climate and health taskforce proposal