About

The Climate and Health Alliance is a coalition of health care stakeholders who work together to see the threat to human health from climate change and ecological degradation addressed through prompt policy action. The membership of CAHA includes organisations and individuals from across the health sector, with organisations representing health care professionals from medicine, nursing, public health, social work and psychology, as well as health care service providers, research and academic institutions, and health consumers.
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News

Webinar series: Climate Risk Governance for Health Sector Boards

CAHA is pleased to be hosting a Webinar series with leading climate risk specialists Sarah Barker and Charlotte Turner from law firm Minter Ellison on Climate risk and governance as it relates to the strategy and oversight obligations of health sector boards.  There are two Webinars in the series being held in November: Managing upwards – what matters to your board on climate change risk? Fiduciary duties in a changing climate – climate change risk governance obligations for health sector

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Health groups call for net-zero target in Australia’s health system following UK NHS net-zero announcement

Following the announcement overnight that England’s National Health Service (NHS), the world’s largest health system, has committed to a net-zero direct emissions target by 2040, Australian health groups are calling for a net-zero target for healthcare in Australia. The NHS announcement includes an ambition to reduce emissions by 80% by 2028 to 2032 on a 1990 baseline, and a 2045 net-zero target for their indirect emissions and for those they can influence in their supply chain (with an ambition to reduce those emissions by 80%, by 2036).

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Health groups call for climate to be recognised in National Preventive Health Strategy

Over 30 health groups associated with the Climate and Health Alliance have issued a Joint Statement calling on the federal Health Minister to recognise climate change in the National Preventive Health Strategy, currently in development. The Joint Statement, signed by the Public Health Association of Australia, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, and Australian Association of Social Workers states, "A National Preventive Health Strategy that is fit for purpose in the 21st century must address climate change -- or it will fail in its objectives."

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September Update: What have we been up to?

The Climate and Health Alliance has had a busy couple of months! Our growing team worked on the Northern Territory Election, and ran a series of events which will inform our strategy moving forward.

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resources

Submissions

2020 Submission to the National Preventive Health Strategy Consultation Paper - September 2020 Submission to Federal Budget: Recommendations for a health-led post COVID-19 economic recovery - September 2020 Submission to the Review of the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act - May 2020 2019 Submission on the proposed variation to the ambient...

External Reports

View the latest reports from around the world on climate and health research. The carbon footprint of Australian health care This research finds the carbon footprint attributed to health care was 7% of Australia's total; with hospitals and pharmaceuticals the major contributors. They quantified Australian carbon footprint attributed to health...

Campaigns

National Strategy for Climate, Health and Well-being

Are you concerned about the health effects of climate change on your community? Over 98% of healthcare stakeholders we surveyed want a national strategy on climate, health and well-being for Australia! The Climate and Health Alliance is coordinating a health sector-led campaign calling on the government to develop a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being for Australia. We are calling...

Protecting our Children

The Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) and Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) are supporting a campaign to encourage all Australians to speak up in defence of children to protect them from dangerous climate change. “Climate change is the biggest global health threat of the 21st century.” Current Australian and international carbon reduction commitments are nowhere near enough to protect our...

Projects

Global Green and Healthy Hospitals

Imagine a world where health services and organisations worked together for a more sustainable health care future… Welcome to the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals (GGHH) Network  The GGHH network is a vibrant international community of...

Coal and Health in the Hunter

Coal and Health in the Hunter: Lessons from one valley for the world Once an unquestioned source of economic prosperity, the damage caused by coal to people’s health, natural capital and the global climate has led to closer scrutiny...