Towards a National Strategy on Climate, Health, and Well-being for Australia
This builds on work done in 2013 when CAHA first called a National Plan for Climate Health and Wellbeing in Australia.
In June 2016, CAHA commenced the distribution to healthcare stakeholders of its Discussion Paper: Towards a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being.
This paper first reviews the health impacts of climate change in Australia. It then examines the current national climate change mitigation and adaptation policies, especially the extent to which they acknowledge and respond to the impacts of climate change on human health and the health sector.
Finally, the key elements of a National Strategy for Climate, Health and Well-being are outlined.
See the key resources for the campaign below:
- Meet with your MP! We've developed an Advocacy Toolkit to provide you with everything you need to know for getting in touch with your local representative. Find out more here.
- The Discussion Paper making the case for a National Strategy for Australia, was distributed in June 2016.
- An online survey capturing feedback on the Discussion Paper to inform the development of a policy proposal to go to the federal government.
- A Preliminary Report of responses to Discussion Paper via the online survey was published in September 2016. This survey also evaluated respondents’ knowledge and awareness regarding the health impacts of climate change, views on current national climate policy, and support for a National Strategy. Over 98% of respondents support a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being for Australia!
- In August 2016, a nine day Climate, Health & Well-being Online Discussion Forum was held to provide health stakeholders with another opportunity to respond to the ideas raised in the Discussion Paper: Towards a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being for Australia, and to share their ideas regarding the key themes and priorities for a future national policy framework.
- A Summary of the Themes arising in the Climate, Health and Well-being Online Discussion Forum.
- A Health Leaders Roundtable was held in Canberra on 11 October 2016 to enable leaders from major health sector stakeholders to meet with politicians from the federal government, the opposition and the Greens, and to discuss the key elements for a national strategy.
- Read the letter from CAHA to the Health Minister, Sussan Ley, here. We are now waiting on a response to this letter from Health Minister Greg Hunt.
- Download a presentation about the Campaign for the National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being here.
- Find out more and get involved on our campaign website ourclimate-ourhealth.org.au
Climate resilience standards for healthcare
What work has been done on this previously?
A National Strategy for Climate, Health and Well-being (2013)In the lead-up to the 2013 federal election, CAHA led a consultation with its member groups and developed the following position regarding a National Strategy for Climate, Health and Wellbeing.
- A national strategy was required to outline Australia's response to the health risks from climate change and the carbon intensive national economy;
- This should include strategies to improve the preparedness and ability of the healthcare sector to respond to climate threats to health, including from extreme weather events;
- Climate resilience in the healthcare sector should be supported through the establishment of a national sustainable healthcare unit in the Department of Health and Ageing to drive change towards low carbon operations in the health sector;
- The nomination of or establishment of a national agency with responsibility for developing and coordinating policy and research consistent with the National Strategy for Climate, Health and Wellbeing was required.
The functions of this agency were envisioned to include:
- evaluation and reporting on risks to health from climate change and on health benefits from reducing emissions
- development and monitoring of health impact assessment processes to evaluate the health impacts of policies, plans and projects across sectors, in particular in relation to energy and transport infrastructure projects
- implementation of an evidence-based climate and health-in-all-policies approach to all policy development
- the development and delivery of educational campaigns to inform the community on links between climate change, emissions and health and wellbeing