Reports by CAHA


Australia in 2030: Possible alternative futures

By the Climate and Health Alliance
February 2021

This report presents narrative scenarios, including 'day-in-the-life' case studies of people, for five possible alternative futures. These scenarios were developed during the Rewrite the Future Roundtable Series along with our policy agenda below.

The five scenarios outlined in this report could await us in 2030, depending on the choices we make as a society. The Australia in 2030 report aims to help decision makers and the wider community better understand the consequences associated with different policy choices, and to build consensus around a shared vision for a healthy, regenerative and just future for all. Australia in 2030 was launched in Melbourne during the 2021 Sustainable Living Festival. 

Download the report here.

 

 

 



Healthy, Regenerative and Just: Our vision for a better future

By the Climate and Health Alliance
November 2020

The Healthy, Regenerative and Just policy agenda is a plan for governments to act on climate, protect our health and create a better future for all of us. This policy agenda was developed through the Rewrite the Future Roundtable Series, where 100+ thought leaders from diverse fields contributed to narrative descriptions of possible futures for Australia, including an integrated preferred future. These possible future scenarios are in the Australia in 2030 report above.

This policy agenda describes how we get to our preferred future, 'Our Island Home'. It builds on the 2017 Framework for a National Strategy on Climate Change, Health and Well-being, and adds a new area of policy action called 'Thriving Ecosystems' to recognise nature's role in underpinning human health and wellbeing.

Download the report here.

 

 


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Report: Experiences during COVID-19

By the Climate and Health Alliance
April 2020

CAHA ran a survey of 100 health professionals from diverse health backgrounds during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey sought to investigate their pandemic experiences, to understand their values during this time and what support they required now and into the future.

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Report: Climate and Health Symposium 
 The Climate and Health Symposium Report

By the Climate and Health Alliance
September 2018

The 2018 Climate and Health Symposium was held in Melbourne on 21 September. Approximately 60 attendees from diverse backgrounds, including the health, government, industry, non-profit, academia and eNGO sectors, gathered to discuss climate and health in Australia. You can watch the video here.

This report provides an overview of the core themes that were discussed at the Symposium as well as opportunities for future collaboration and the priorities for immediate action. 

Download the report here.

 

 

 


Report Cover: Review of the Climate Health Literature in 2018

 
Review of Health and Climate Change Literature

By the Climate and Health Alliance
June 2018

This report provides an overview of the evidence in relation to the health co-benefits associated with climate mitigation and adaptation strategies.

It was commissioned by the City of Melbourne to inform them about the health and social benefits available from the implementation of initiatives to achieve the City's net zero emissions goal by 2050.

Download the review here.

 

 

 

 


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Human Health and Wellbeing Climate Change Adaptation Plan for Queensland

By the Climate and Health Alliance and National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility
May 2018

The Queensland Department of Environment and Science engaged CAHA and NCCARF to develop a Human Health and Wellbeing Climate Adaptation Plan (H-CAP) with the health, aged care and childcare sectors in Queensland. This document outlines the process to develop the H-CAP and describes its scope. It provides an overview of existing policy, and outlines policy drivers and enablers, and case studies to inspire action. It also summarises the concerns of stakeholders in Queensland about the health impacts of climate change, in addition to the barriers, opportunities and pathways forward they saw for climate adaptation.

Download the report here.

 

 


Report Cover: Framework for the National Strategy
Framework for a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being for Australia

By the Climate and Health Alliance
June 2017

This report was a collaboration of 30+ health and medical organisations following a year-long national consultation. The framework was launched at Parliament House in Canberra in 2017. The Australian Labor Party committed to implementing a plan based on this Framework if elected to government in 2017 as did the Australian Greens. To date, there has been no such commitment from the Coalition.

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Final Consultation Report: National consultation regarding a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being for Australia

By the Climate and Health Alliance
May 2017

This report details the full consultation process used to inform development of the Framework for a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being.

The consultation process comprised a survey on a National Strategy for Climate, Health and Well-being, a nine-day online forum, a health leaders roundtable, and meetings with parliamentarians in Canberra. The results demonstrate almost unanimous agreement among health professionals that there is urgent need for federal leadership and action. 

Download the report here

 

 


Preliminary-report-survey-NSCHW-Oct-2016-238x300.pngPreliminary Report: Survey of health professionals' opinions around a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being for Australia

By the Climate and Health Alliance
September 2016

This report provides an overview of the responses to the online survey accompanying the Discussion Paper: Towards a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being for Australia.

These results represent the first national snapshot of the knowledge and views of health stakeholders on climate change, its health impacts, the health sector’s preparedness to deal with these impacts. The survey results reveal overwhelming concern among Australian health stakeholders about the lack of a national strategy to protect Australians from the health impacts of global warming.

Download the report here.

 


CAHA-DEA10270 Investing in Health_coverInvesting in Health: The Australian health professions and fossil fuel divestment

By the Climate and Health Alliance and Doctors for the Environment Australia
April 2016

This joint report presents the case for health and medical professionals and their organisations to divest from all fossil fuels and shift their financial resources to clean, healthy, low carbon investments.

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Report cover: Climate and Health in the HunterCoal and Health in the Hunter: Lessons from one valley for the world

By the Climate and Health Alliance
February 2015

This report provides an insight into the evidence of the harm – local, national, and global – from coal production in the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, Australia. It looks at the literature on the adverse impacts on physical and psychological health associated with the coal industry and climate change. It estimates the health costs associated with air pollution from coal in the Hunter, as well its social costs. The report includes four case studies. 

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Report cover: Position PaperHealth and Energy Choices: Position paper

By the Climate and Health Alliance, the Public Health Association of Australia, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, National Toxics Network, Australian Medical Students' Association, Women's Health East and Services for Rural and Remote Allied Health
November 2014

This position paper was developed by a collaboration of health sector organisations in Australia that are concerned that the health impacts associated with fossil fuel energy projects are not being considered in public policy decision-making. In particular, the signatories are concerned about the profound risks to health posed by the expansion of coal mining and export and coal seam gas developments in Australia. 

Read the paper here.

 

 

 

 


Report cover: Background briefingHealth and Energy Choices: Background briefing

By the Climate and Health Alliance, the Public Health Association of Australia, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, National Toxics Network, Australian Medical Students' Association, Women's Health East, Services for Rural and Remote Allied Health and Women's Health East
November 2014

This background briefing accompanies the above paper paper to provide an overview of evidence on to the risks to human health and wellbeing associated with fossil fuel energy resources as well as their alternatives.

Download the briefing here.

 

 

 

 

 


Report Cover: Joint Statement on Coal and HealthJoint Statement on the Health Effects of Coal in Australia

By the Climate and Health Alliance and the Climate Council
September 2014

This joint statement was released in response to the inquiry report on the Hazelwood coal mine fire in Victoria. It calls for health risks to be considered in all energy policy and investment decisions; independent air, water and soil quality monitoring at and around every coal mine and power station in Australia; and funding for research into health, social and environmental impacts of coal.

The Joint Statement accompanied the Climate Council's Briefing Paper on Coal and Health which outlines the scientific health and medical literature on the impacts on health from the production of coal.

Download the statement here.

 

 


Report Cover: Forum on Climate and HealthForum on Climate and Health: The research, policy and advocacy agenda

By the Climate and Health Alliance
November 2013

This report was produced following CAHA’s 2013 national forum to discuss the research, policy and advocacy agenda necessary to protect health from climate change in Australia and around the world.

The national forum brought together health and medical and climate researchers, public policy experts, academics, representatives from research institutions health professional groups, psychologists, community advocates, and students.

Download the report here.

 

 

 


Report Cover: Greening the Healthcare sectorGreening the Healthcare Sector Policy Think Tank

By the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association and the Climate and Health Alliance
August 2013

This report summarises the latest national Think Tank on sustainability in healthcare. The Think Tank provided an opportunity to showcase some successful examples of sustainable healthcare initiatives from hospitals and health services across Australia – and through two international speakers, across the globe.

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Transforming economics and governance for better health and sustainable societies

By the Climate and Health Alliance, the Public Health Association of Australia and Transform Australia
September 2012

This report provides a summary of the lessons from a workshop, held prior to the 2012 Population Health Congress.

Three main themes emerged from the discussion: 

1. Citizen engagement and democratic reform
2. Economics to reflect the true value of nature and human health and wellbeing 
3. Top down and bottom up action is needed - using a positive message to inspire change

Download the report here.

 

 


Our Uncashed Dividend: The health benefits of climate action

By the Climate and Health Alliance and the Climate Institute
August 2012

This report draws together a large and growing body of health and medical research which shows the substantial health benefits of measures to cut emissions. It demonstrates that actions that cut carbon pollution can improve Australians' health and could save billions of dollars and thousands of lives each year. View the report launch here.

Download the report here.

 

 

 


Climate and Health Clinic: Review of a novel health promotion initiative

By the Climate and Health Clinic project working group
April 2012

The report reviews a health promotion initiative at the 2012 Melbourne Sustainable Living Festival, where a pop-up 'Climate and Health Clinic' and staffed with volunteer 'health promoter' offered people the opportunity to develop their own 'prescription' for health and climate. This health promotion initiative was the of this kind for the parties involved.

Download the review here

 

 

 

 


Your Prescription for a Healthy Life and a Healthy Planet

By the Climate and Health Alliance

This tool for health professionals to assist with identifying actions patients can take to improve their health and reduce emissions at the same time. it focuses on four domains:

- Getting around (emissions reductions and health gains associated with transport)
- Home (energy use, energy conservation and energy efficiency)
- Food for thought (reducing emissions with healthy diets)
- Nature (highlighting the health and environmental benefits of re-engaging with nature)

These prescriptions have inspired and informed the Nossal Institute for Global Health at the University of Melbourne in developing a teaching tool in their global health program.

Download the prescription tool here.