In early September, 40+ health leaders gathered at our first Better Healthier Futures Roundtable to make progress on the national strategy for climate, health and well-being. Here's the joint statement which came out of the roundtable.
The same day, Independent MP for Mackellar, Dr Sophie Scamps brought a debate in the Parliament about the National Strategy, which was supported and commented upon by several MPs. See the full video and transcript here.
Watch back: Always Caring for Country with Dr Janine Mohamed and Dr Summer May Finlay
In September, CAHA and the Lowitja Institute co-hosted an incredible conversation between Dr Janine Mohamed and Dr Summer May Finlay on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership in responding to climate change. They covered a lot in one hour, from the Voice to Parliament to strength-based framing, to climate action led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Watch it back or read Croakey coverage of the webinar.
Healthy Conversation is our monthly forum for learning about all things climate and health. You can watch back older sessions:
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led campaigns are winning
So many recent wins in climate campaigns led by Traditional Owners!
Tiwi Islands’ Munupi elder and Senior Lawman Dennis Tipakalipp defeated Santos in a landmark court case. The Federal Court found that Santos failed to consult Tiwi Traditional Owners as required, and the company must now vacate the Barossa field. The case is being appealed by Santos. Read the story
Origin Energy has withdrawn from the Beetaloo Basin and the Kimberley. “Whether it’s Origin, Tamboran, Santos or any other company, Traditional Owners will continue our opposition to fracking which we worry will damage our country, water, sacred sites and songlines,” said Johnny Wilson, NNTAC spokesperson. Read the story
The UN has found that Australia’s climate inaction violates Torres Strait Islanders’ human rights. The decision calls on the government to pay compensation to Torres Strait Islander residents. Read the story
Traditional owners across the Yeelirrie area have welcomed the expiry of the environmental approval to mine uranium on their land, which they have fought against since the 1970s. Read the story
NSW Ministry of Health joins the Global Green & Healthy Hospitals Pacific Network
We are delighted to welcome theNSW Ministry of Health to GGHH Pacific, our sustainable healthcare network! NSW Health now joins health departments in Victoria, Queensland, ACT and WA as official members of the network.
Our home, our body, our planet
CAHA volunteer and member, Takuzo Kimura is a physiotherapist with a passion for planetary health and holistic practice. He reflects on the links between our internal and external worlds, and the health benefits of nature for PHAA’s InTouch blog. Thanks, Taku!
Good climate-health news from overseas!
The Philippines Department of Health has called for the creation of a national action plan against the use of fossil fuels, due to its detrimental effects on respiratory health. Congratulations to our allies in southeast Asia for this fantastic result of local organising.
Climate communicators are truly everywhere
We loved this story of a Sydney hairdresser who uses her sessions with clients to discuss climate change. An amazing example of leading from where you are. We can all do this!
Research opportunity for psychologists
Australian psychologists (provisional, fully registered and/or endorsed) are invited to complete this 10-minute online questionnaire on how prepared you feel and how professionally engaged you are on climate change. Complete the survey
An important 'letition' to stop the Viva Gas Terminal
The Victorian Government is about to make a decision regarding the Viva Energy Gas Terminal in Corio Bay, Geelong. A Different Approach Communityis running a coordinated 'letition’ — a mix between a letter and a petition — to oppose the project. Take part here
Email your Council! A ban on fossil fuel advertising
The Fossil Ad Ban campaign is going from strength to strength. Seven councils in Australia have now voted to ban fossil fuel advertising on council property. A Bill was also introduced to NSW parliament, citing public health concerns as the primary driver.
Share your climate justice story to support court case
Uncle Pabai and Uncle Paul are Guda Maluyligal men from the Torres Strait. They are taking the Australian government to court “to save our island homes”. To support their case, you're invited to share your story about how climate change is affecting your own life, to show that climate justice is an important issue for diverse peoples across Australia.
Webinar | Climate Change Advocacy: Global to Local
Australian Health Promotion Association // 6pm AEDT on Mon 31 Oct, online // tickets available, free for AHPA members
AHPA is hosting an exciting webinar on science and art of effective advocacy – and how to apply it locally to stop climate change. Advocacy trailblazers, Dr Melissa Sweet, journalist, and Dr Nicole Sleeman, GP, will empower attendees to act for change! RSVP now
Panel | Launch of MJA-Lancet Countdown: tracking progress on health & climate change
MJA and The Lancet // 5.30pm AEDT on Wed 2 Nov, Canberra and online // free
Hear from health experts at the Australian launch of the MJA-Lancet Countdown, the annual benchmark report on climate change and health. Special guests include Tim Flannery, environmental scientist, and Dan Ilic, comedian. RSVP now
Conference | HEAL 2022
Healthy Environments and Lives (HEAL) Research Network // 23-24 November, across Australia and online // tickets available
This two-day conference will be an inspirational forum for knowledge transfer, scientific debate, and community-wide conversations about research and policy priority setting on human health, climate and environmental change solutions in Australia. Read more
Webinar | In conversation with Glenn Albrecht
Psychology for a Safe Climate // 6pm on Tue 15 Nov, online // free
Glenn Albrecht is a transdisciplinary philosopher who has become well known for creating the concept of ‘solastalgia.’ Solastalgia is defined as the distress and loss of solace connected to a person’s lived experience of the chronic desolation of a loved home environment by transformational agents such as mining and climate change. RSVP now
Training | Media Training 101 for health professionals
Climate and Health Alliance // 5.30pm on 30 Nov, online // free
Come to our beginner media training for health professionals interested in developing their skills in speaking with the media on climate change and health. The training is free to attend and will cover
How to talk about climate change and health — and how not to talk about climate change and health
How to get key messages across in a short interview
VicHealth // 30 Nov-1 Dec, Melbourne and online // free
Hosted by VicHealth, this two day conference will feature presentations and workshops on monitoring, researching and exposing harmful industry tactics, and examples of stories and action across diverse sectors. Register now
Conference | Green Hospitals Asia
Health Care Without Harm, Southeast Asia // 1-3 Feb 2023, Kalapet, India // tickets available
The next Green Hospitals Asian Conference will cover healthcare climate leadership, low-carbon and resilient healthcare, waste management, green procurement, among other interesting and important topics. Read more
Conference | Australasian Nutrition in Health 2023
Doctors for Nutrition // 17-19 Feb 2023, Melbourne // tickets available
CAHA member Doctors for Nutrition invites you to their 2023 conference in Melbourne. Some of the biggest names in whole food plant-based nutrition and healthcare will share their research, including:
Prof Boyd Swinburn, Population Nutrition & Global Health at the University of Auckland, on how the health effects of climate change will compound current nutrition challenges;
Health voices shaping the climate agenda: how health advocacy influenced Australia’s ‘climate election’
Journal of Climate Change & Health, Aug 2022
Read this new journal article by CAHA staff on the role of the health sector in pushing climate action to the top of the agenda during Australia’s federal election earlier in the year. Read more
Indigenous Nation Building and the Political Determinants of Health and Wellbeing
The Lowitja Institute, Aug 2022
The discussion paper has been published by the Lowitja Institute in partnership with the UTS Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research. It demonstrates that self-governance and self-determination through nation building results in improved health outcomes for Indigenous peoples. Read more
Healthcare workers’ resilience toolkit for disaster management and climate change adaptation
International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, Sep 2022
This study explored factors influencing healthcare workers’ disaster management capabilities with the aim of improving their resilience and adaptive capacity in the face of climate change. Read more
Harnessing the pillars of institutions to drive environmentally sustainable hospital foodservices
Frontiers in Nutrition, Sep 2022
CAHA Sustainable Healthcare Program Manager, Dr Stefanie Carino has written an article for Frontiers in Nutrition on how to drive long-term sustainable change in hospital foodservices. Read more
Disaster diplomacy in the wake of the 2022 Pakistan floods
The Lancet Planetary Health, Oct 2022
CAHA Advocacy and Policy Manager, Arthur Wyns has written a new article on loss and damage relating to the Pakistan floods. Read more
Climate change, society and health inequities
Medical Journal of Australia, Oct 2022
Professor Sharon Friel calls for the health community to advocate for policy to “avert a planetary health inequity crisis.” Read more