iDEA15: it’s a wrap!

iDEA15: it’s a wrap!

iDEA15: it’s a wrap!

Credit: Lucy Alcorn


From 13 to 15 March 2015, we took over the University of Western Sydney for iDEA15- Prescription for Action.

After three amazing days, we came away with fresh insights, new collaborations, inspiration and bold ideas about how we as medical professionals can help lead the fight against the biggest global health threat of the 21st century- climate change.

A huge thank you to our sensational speakers, our 200 delegates from all over Australia, as well as a our magnificent iDEA15 team whose exceptional input over many months made this event the success it was.


Below is a brief summary of the event, for our full report please see the attached PDF (top right under ‘Files’).


The program

On Friday, we had several interactive and highly informative workshops about climate change advocacy for GPs which also attracted CPD points. Saturday saw a bumper list of eminent speakers, including:

-AMA President Dr Brian Owler on video talking about climate change as “inter-generational theft”, as well as AFPHM president Dr Greg Stewart
-Former Australian Defence Force Chief, Admiral Chris Barrie, on climate change as a serious security risk
-Dr Richard Stiles on medical activism (do see his insightful piece in the MJA)
-The Climate Council’s Amanda McKenzie and Professor Lesley Hughes
-Dr Alessandro DeMaio

And on Sunday we heard:

-Former Opposition Leader and leading economist Dr John Hewson talk about his predictions for another GFC – Climate Induced?
-Dr Jonathan Kingsley speak about Indigenous Australians and Climate Change
-Dr John Collee on Gaia: the planet as a person
-A panel discussion about the environmental politics of NSW ahead of the election later this month.  The speakers included the Environment Minister Hon. Rob Stokes, The Hon Linda Burney and Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC.
-Professor Colin Butler speaking about the Limits to Growth
-Associate Professor Melissa Haswell and Dr Marion Carey talk about unconventional gas
-John Cook on Making sense of Climate Change Denial
-Dr Eugenie Kayak and Dr Sallie Forrest on how to get involved with DEA (contact for more information)


Climate change campaign launch

During the event, we also launched a climate change campaign  coordinated by DEA and AMSA medical students aimed at meeting federal MPs and senators to influence the emissions targets that Australia takes to the COP21 meeting in Paris later this year. 

If you’d like to be involved in this important initiative, contact us at


Have your say on iDEA16

Doctors for the Environment Australia’s key annual event will be heading to Brisbane next year. Stand by for dates!

Please complete a quick survey and help us put together another great conference in 2016 by letting us know your thoughts about iDEA15 – what worked, what shortcomings there were and also if you have any fantastic ideas about how to make this event even better.

If you’re in Brisbane and want to get involved, we’d love to hear from you!


iDEA15 in the news

We were thrilled to see the conference attract media interest, confirming our belief that we have a strong and important message to offer the wider community . Here is a selection:

Doctors group seeks climate change action

Yahoo news

The Daily Mail


Perth Now

Opinion: Health sacrificed for mining in the Newcastle Herald

Richard Stiles: Take a risk

Doctors key to driving eco change

Climate failure is intergenerational theft: AMA


And in Crikey/Croakey


Visit these iDEA15 links and relive the experience

Currently we have AMA president Dr Brian Owler deliver his powerful message on video, but we will soon have more recordings. We will publicise these on Facebook and twitter.


To follow iDEA15  as it progressed through photos, comments and updates, do check out the following:

iDEA15 website





The hashtag we used was: #iDEA15

Here is a tiny twitter selection to whet your appetite!

AMA Media ‏‪@ama_media Mar 13

World Health Organisation says climate change biggest health threat of 21st century ‪ … ‪#iDEA15 ‪#auspol


The Sunrise Project ‏‪@sunriseoz Mar 13

DDT & asbestos once seen as good for economy, now seen as dangerous to health, future – like coal ‪@McKenzieAmanda ‪@climatecouncil ‪#iDEA15


Dr Alessandro Demaio ‏‪@SandroDemaio Mar 12

Sydney, New South Wales

What a weekend Sydney! ‪@NCDFREE’s latest bootcamp, ‪#IDEA15 and ‪@yourAMSA council. Look forward to meeting everyone.


See you at iDEA16!

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Who, What and Why


Watch presentations from our recent conference

Dr Bob Brown Keynote Address


(part 1)

(part 2)


DEA Information Leaflet


DEA Information Brochure

DEA receives funding from the Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation

Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation