Tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century.
— The Lancet
The Climate and Health Alliance is Australia’s peak body on climate and health. CAHA is a coalition of 100+ health and medical groups, academic and research institutions, health care service providers and unions.
Since 2010, CAHA has employed effective evidence-based advocacy, a collaborative approach and a willingness to engage professionals, policymakers and media. Today, our Alliance has achieved national and global recognition. The international medical journal The Lancet has described our efforts as an example that leaders should look to “for inspiration and achievement”.
By working together, the health sector can lead action on climate to protect our health.
Why we exist
Climate change is the greatest threat to health we face.
Our theory of change
If the health sector leads on climate advocacy and solutions, decision-makers and the public will act, because the community cares about health and trusts health voices.
To build a powerful health sector movement for climate action and sustainable healthcare.
The health sector plays a leading role in restoring a safe climate, and an ecologically sustainable, just and healthy world.
Our strategy to achieve a future which is healthy, regenerative and just is outlined in our 2020-23 Strategic Plan.
We are honest in our actions in our statements; we respect others, and keep our commitments
Our work is based on scientific evidence, and we utilise and encourage research to guide our work
We aim to engage a wide range of stakeholders to ensure our work is informed by a diversity of views and opinions
We are unwavering in our commitment to achieve our goals
We recognise our success depends on collaborating with others
We are determined to ensure all possible actions are taken to protect people’s health from climate change
We abide by principles of social and environmental justice