New report: Climate Change and Australia's Healthcare System
Tuesday 01 February 2022
The Climate and Health Alliance has worked with partners at Monash University and the University of Melbourne to develop a report for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, called 'Climate Change and Australia's Healthcare Systems'.
The report is made up of a literature review, policy and institutional analysis, a series of case studies, and an economic analysis.
Based on the findings of these different components, the report made a number of recommendations. Recommendations include:
- Implement and fund a coordinated national strategy on climate change and health
- Commit to delivering net zero healthcare by 2040
- Invest in climate health vulnerability and capacity assessments with a focus on locally-led planning
- Establish a dedicated climate health resilience research fund to support innovation and evidence-based action
- Develop climate health capacity in the healthcare workforce and the wider health system
- Embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge and leadership in all climate health policy and action
- Invest in prevention and early intervention as a key element of climate health action