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:
  1. Managing upwards – what matters to your board on climate change risk? (This session took place on Wednesday 4th November)
  2. Fiduciary duties in a changing climate – climate change risk governance obligations for health sector directors (***Limited registrations available)
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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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Health groups: Senate must block government environment law changes to protect health

Leading health organisations are calling on the Senate to block the Coalition government’s amendments to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act in order to protect the health of the community, following the government gagging debate yesterday to rush the amendments through the House of Representatives.

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Health groups critical of rushed environment laws

Leading health organisations are deeply concerned about an attempt from the Federal Government to rush through major changes to our environmental laws in order to facilitate an expansion of the gas industry.

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Global health network calls for ‘health in all policies’ approach beyond COVID-19

A global network of health organisations working across 11 countries and spanning five continents has today issued a powerful statement calling for a “health in all policies” and “systems change” approach in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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