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30 November 2018
Phase out of coal and carbon price are key public health measures: research report
Health groups representing around 50% of the national health professional workforce are demanding the implementation of a national climate and health policy following the publication of the latest assessment of Australia’s performance in the international medical journal, The Lancet.
The Lancet Countdown report, which assesses countries’ performance on indicators including vulnerability to climate impacts, adaptation and mitigation plans, shows that Australia continues to lag behind comparable high-income countries in its response to climate change and the impacts on human health.
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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
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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