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

Prime Minister must tackle climate change with same urgency as COVID-19: Open Letter from health groups

A coalition of 29 leading health groups today have written to the Prime Minister calling for “the same level of urgency in tackling climate change” as the COVID-19 pandemic and for the Prime Minister to commit to a national climate change response with health and well-being at its core. 

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How do you cope with the mental health challenge of climate change?

CAHA is proud to be supporting Deakin University, Monash University and the ABC in addressing this critical evidence gap. We have teamed up to study the mental health impacts of climate change among Australians through a national survey.

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Queensland health groups call for climate action to protect Queenslanders’ health

Health groups are calling on Queensland Election Candidates to commit to urgent action on climate change to protect Queenslanders’ health and well-being ahead of this Saturday’s State Election.

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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? (This session took place on Wednesday 4th November) Fiduciary duties in a changing climate – climate change risk governance obligations for health sector directors (***Limited registrations available)

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resources

Submissions

2020 Submission to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Streamlining Environmental Approvals) Bill - November 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...

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...