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

Global health care sector is a major contributor to the climate crisis: new report

If the global health care sector were a country, it would be the fifth-largest greenhouse gas emitter on the planet, according to ​Health care’s climate footprint: How the health sector contributes to the global climate crisis and opportunities for action​, a new report by Health Care Without Harm in collaboration with Arup.

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Greening the Healthcare Sector Forum 23-24 September 2019

The Greening the Healthcare Sector Forum 2019 in Melbourne will explore the big picture changes needed in Australia's healthcare system to address climate change and environmental sustainability, as well as what can be done in individual hospitals and health services to reduce healthcare's environmental impact.   

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Health leaders say climate change is a health emergency

Health leaders, including Nobel Laureate for Medicine, Professor Peter Doherty say climate change is a health emergency. The message from the health and medical community in Australia is: this election, vote for a candidate, and a political party that is committed to climate action. Our health depends on it.  

After the election: A message from our Executive Director

Dear Friends, Climate action is a long game.  As we digest the news of the election result, I want to write and say thank-you to our amazing supporters, members, partners, and allies who have helped support CAHA’s work to highlight the links between health and climate change - and propose solutions to respond.  

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resources

Submissions

2019 Submission on the proposed variation to the ambient air quality measure standards for ozone (O3), nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and sulfur dioxide (SO2) - August 2019 Expert Position Statement on health-based standards for Australian regulated thresholds of nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide and ozone in ambient air - August 2019 2018 Submission to...

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...