DEA expressed alarm after learning that a major Australian hospital had publicly backed a proposed coal mine.
Brisbane’s Mater Hospital had put its name to an advertising campaign by New Hope Group calling for the state government to approve its New Acland stage 3 mine, despite its landmark rejection by Queensland’s land court.
In response to pressure from DEA, as well as other health groups including CAHA, health professionals and the public, the Mater Hospital abandoned its support for a project that raised serious public health concerns.
DEA welcomed this announcement, however it also called on the Mater to do more about its links to coal.
Read the media coverage DEA received:
Mater hospital pulls logo from Queensland coalmine ad campaign
The Guardian, 28 July
Doctors furious at their hospital’s support for coal mine*
Australian Doctor, 27 July
Brisbane’s Mater hospital defends backing coal mine advertising campaign
The Guardian, 22 July
Doctors demand Brisbane’s Mater Hospital reviews coal links
Croakey, 2 August 2017
Dr David King interviewed by AAP and ABC Brisbane
Professor Peter Brooks was interviewed by AAP
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