We are delighted to present the results of Australia's largest Climate and Health survey, Real, Urgent and Now: Insights from health professionals on climate and health in Australia, in today's expert panel webinar.
In this webinar, CAHA's own Remy Shergill and Milly Burgess were joined by Professor Ed Maibach, climate-health communication specialist and George Mason University Professor, Dr Rebecca Huntley, renowned social researcher and author of How to Talk About Climate Change in a Way That Makes a Difference, and Professor Lynne Madden, public health physician and RACP's Climate Change and Health Research Project Advisory Committee Chair.
Our survey found that health professionals have the most trusted voice to communicate messages around climate and health. We also found that the majority of health professionals are concerned about climate change and already think that climate change is having an impact on health. They agree that climate change is a serious problem requiring immediate action, however not all health professionals feel well enough informed to communicate effectively about climate change and health.
Prof Ed Maibach said that "health professionals have a unique and necessary role to play", with Prof Lynne Madden emphasising that "a unified health voice is a stronger advocacy voice". If you're unsure how to initiate dialogue about climate and health, Dr Rebecca Huntley suggested that displaying visible material in the office (posters, flyers, etc) is a valuable conversation starter.
The major takeaways from CAHA's survey include:
- Health professionals are trusted.
- Evidence-based resources will facilitate action.
- We should take advantage of education/training opportunities.
- Health professional organisations should provide targeted information to members.
Watch the recording of the webinar here.
For more information about the survey, read the full report here and check out our climate change communications guide for health professionals here.