In February 2021 the Climate and Health Alliance released the report Australia in 2030. 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 include 'Head in the Sand', 'Short Memory', 'Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places', 'We Can Do This', and 'Our Island Home', which could await us in 2030, depending on the choices we make as a society. The Australia in 2030 scenarios aim 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.
Read Australia in 2030 here.
In November 2022 the Climate and Health Alliance released the Healthy, Regenerative and Just policy agenda: a plan for governments to act on climate, protect our health and create a better future for all of us. Healthy, Regenerative and Just has been developed through out Rewrite the Future Roundtable Series, where more than 100 leaders across different fields contributed their ideas to develop narrative descriptions of possible alternative futures for Australia — including an integrated preferred future. This policy agenda describes how we get there. It builds on the Framework for a National Strategy on Climate Change, Health and Wellbeing, and adds an 8th Area of Policy Action: Thriving Ecosystems, in recognition of the importance of nature in underpinning human health and wellbeing.
Read Healthy, Regenerative and Just here.
In April 2020 the Climate and Health Alliance released a survey to investigate the experiences of
healthcare professionals (including medical, nursing, allied health and students) during the Covid-19
pandemic. This survey also sought to understand the values of healthcare professionals during this
time and some of the support requirements of healthcare professionals now and into the future.
We had 100 people respond to our survey from vast health backgrounds.
Read the report here.
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.
The 2018 Climate and Health Symposium was held in Melbourne on the 21st September 2018, where approximately 60 attendees gathered to discuss issues of climate and health in Australia. Attendees represented the health sector, local and state government, professional and industrial associations, not for profit organisations, as well as research, academia, environmental organisations and civil society.
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.
Final Consultation Report: National Consultation regarding a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being for Australia
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 process involved three main elements: responses to a survey accompanying a Discussion Paper proposing a National Strategy for Climate, Health and Well-being, an online discussion forum held for nine days using the paxrepublic.com platform, and a health leaders roundtable and meeting with parliamentarians in Canberra.
Results from this process demonstrate the almost unanimous agreement among health professionals that there is urgent need for federal leadership and action.
Read the Final Consultation Report here.
Preliminary Report: Survey of Health Professionals’ Opinions regarding a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being for Australia
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 healthcare stakeholders regarding the health impacts of climate change and on the health sector’s preparedness to deal with these impacts.
The survey results reveal overwhelming concern among Australian healthcare stakeholders regarding the lack of a national strategy to protect Australians from the health impacts of global warming, described by the World Health Organization as the ‘greatest threat to global health in the 21st century’.
The Climate and Health Alliance and Doctors for the Environment, Australia have released a joint report: Investing in Health, on the case for health and medical professionals and health and medical organisations to divest from climate changing fossil fuel investments, and shift their financial resources to clean, healthy, low carbon investments.
The report is available here.
“Australia’s heavy reliance on coal for electricity generation and massive coal industry expansion present significant risks to the health of communities, families and individuals.”
The Joint Statement 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 is accompanied by a Briefing Paper on Coal and Health which outlines the scientific health and medical literature on the impacts on health from the production of coal
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.
Health and Energy Policy is a briefing paper outlining the health implications associated with energy policy. These health implications are becoming increasingly recognised by health, energy, climate and environment stakeholders around the world. The health costs associated with fossil fuel energy production and consumption are significant. Current global and national energy policy privilege fossil fuels at the expense of safer, renewable, and more sustainable energy options.
This paper has been produced to highlight the risks to policymakers, the media, the health and energy sectors, and the community more broadly, and to encourage health professionals and health organisations to advocate for the implications for health to be recognised and reflected in Australian and international energy policy
This report summarises the latest national Think Tank on sustainability in healthcare, jointly hosted by Climate and Health Alliance and Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association.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.
This report is jointly produced by the Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) and The Climate Institute.
This report draws together a large and growing body of evidence from health and medical research showing substantial health benefits linked to 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
This report provides a summary of the lessons from this pre-conference workshop (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
The report documents a health promotion initiative at the 2012 Melbourne Sustainable Living Festival, where a ‘pop-up’ Climate and Health Clinic, staffed with volunteer ‘health promoters’ offered people the opportunity to develop their own ‘prescription’ for health and climate, using a tool designed for the event.
The Climate and Health Clinic at the 2012 Melbourne Sustainable Living Festival was the first health promotion initiative of this kind for parties involved.
The roving Health Promoters offered people ‘prescriptions’ for activities beneficial to their health and the environment as well as ‘referrals’ to other parties where more information or services were available.
The report on the use of the prescriptions can be found here.
The Climate and Health Alliance has developed Prescriptions for a Healthy Life and a Healthy Planet - a tool for health professionals to assist people to identify actions they can take to reduce their emissions and improve their own and population health at the same time.
The prescriptions are based 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); and 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.