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Climate and Health in WA

The Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) will co-host a Forum in Perth with Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA) on the risks and opportunities for the health sector in WA.

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The life of every child will now be profoundly affected by climate change: report

A new report published in the international medical journal The Lancet, developed by scientists at 35 universities and institutions around the world, says accelerating climate change will now define the lives of all people including children born today.

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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

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Greening the Healthcare Sector Forum 2019 on 23 and 24 September! 

Access resources from the Forum here

 

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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.

 

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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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CAHA launches federal election campaign

The Climate and Health Alliance today will launch their 2019 federal election campaign with a call for action on the health emergency caused by climate change.

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CAHA welcome Greens commitment to National Strategy

The Climate and Health Alliance has welcomed the commitment from the Australian Greens to implement a plan to tackle the health effects of climate change based on the National Strategy on Climate, Health and Wellbeing and commit $2 million over the forward estimates to this.

 

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The ALP's Commitment to a National Climate, Health and Well-Being Strategy

The Climate and Health Alliance have welcomed the recommitment by Federal ALP to a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being.

As part of the ALP Climate Policy Package, Shadow Minister for Climate Change Mark Butler and Shadow Minister for Health Catherine King announced the ALP commitment that a Shorten Labor Government will develop Australia’s first National Strategy on Climate Change and Health.

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Presentation by Dr. Trevor Hancock on "One Planet Communities"

The Climate and Health Alliance was pleased to recently host Dr. Trevor Hancock with his presentation on 'Creating one planet communities'. 

Dr Hancock discussed the challenge we face as a species - to reduce our ecological footprint to Earth’s ‘biocapacity’, while maintaining a high quality of life and good health for all.



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2019 Health Sustainability Forum

Are you a leader in environmental sustainability in health?

Have you led projects to build sustainability in your workplace?

Do you have research or practical information to share with the health sector?

You are invited to submit an abstract to present at the 2019 Health Sustainability Forum.

 

 

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CAHA supports the School Strike 4 Climate

On Friday 15 March, CAHA was proud to march in solidarity with students striking across the globe, demanding action on climate change. 

Inspired by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, students walked out in over 100 countries, with over 150,000 students striking in Australia alone. CAHA staff, directors, members and supporters joined the throngs of students across Australia, in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Cairns and Wollongong. 

 

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Climate Health Champions Workshops Cairns and Townsville

We are excited to announce that registration for our Climate Health Champions workshops in Cairns and Townsville are now open! Places are limited, register now to avoid missing out. 

Secure your spot for Cairns here and Townsville here.

All over Australia, health professionals are increasingly concerned about the effects of climate change on health and well being. Many are joining the Our Climate Our Health campaign to support action on climate change to protect their community's health. 

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Postcard from COP 24 - Prof Hilary Bambrick on the most important climate talks since Paris

COP24 is the most important climate conference since world leaders signed on to the landmark Paris Agreement (2015) on climate change. International assemblies like these are always frenetic, with thousands of attendees, hundreds of sideshows and lots of backroom negotiations. I wanted to provide you with some insights into what’s been happening, as negotiations are now close to wrapping up.

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Postcard from COP24 - Associate Professor Linda Selvey shares some insights on the tensions at play at the global climate talks in Poland.

Associate Professor Linda Selvey, President and Chair, Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, is in Katowice, Poland for the UNFCCC global climate talks. Here she shares some insights on the tensions at play at the global climate talks in Poland.

 

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New Climate Health Champions take to the stage

CAHA’s new Climate Health Champions graduated with flying colours from their one-day workshop in Brisbane in
November 2018. The workshop was the result of a collaboration between the Climate and Health Alliance and the Queensland Nurses and Midwives Union (QNMU) to find, train and organise health sector professionals on climate-health issues. 18 people participated in the workshop which included presentations from QNMU, the Climate Media Centre and the Repower Campaign.

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Release of Lancet Countdown 2018 Report

The climate change and health report, Lancet Countdown was released globally Thursday morning. The 2018 report is the result of 12 months of hard work from over 100 academics representing 27 academic institutions and UN agencies, across every continent. The report tracks 41 indicators across five domains in health and climate change. The full report can be viewed here and a short video summarising the key findings can be viewed here.

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2018 Launch of MJA-Lancet Countdown - Sydney

Sydney launch of the Lancet Countdown:

Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change is an international research collaboration, dedicated to tracking the world's response to climate change, and the health benefits that emerge from this transition. Reporting annually in The Lancet, it will follow a series of indicators, demonstrating that this transition is possible, that it has already begun, but that more work is needed.

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2018 Global Climate & Health Summit

On the 8th December, the World Health Organisation, Global Climate and Health Alliance, European Committee of the Regions, and Pro Silesia Association will host the 2018 Global Climate and Health Summit in Katowice, Poland. This half day summit will run alongside the UNFCCC Conference of Parties and will be an opportunity to advance health-focused action, engagement, and collaboration to address climate change.

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