Join a Special Interest Group

Join a Special Interest Group

These are some of the key areas in which our members and organisation has an interest and does work:

Biodiversity – Natural ecosystems support our health by filtering our air, providing fresh water and food, regulating our climate, directly improving human health and protecting against the spread of disease and pests. To get involved contact Dimity Williams at: dimitywilliams@bigpond.com, or Marion Carey at: drmarioncarey@gmail.com

Air Pollution – Better air quality reduces illness and death from stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, and respiratory diseases, such as asthma. Links to diabetes and impaired infant growth are increasingly recognised. Policies to support reducing the combustion of fossil fuels through cleaner transport and power generation, are needed to reduce key sources of outdoor air pollution. Our Air Pollution Special Interest Group(SIG) members seek to support policies and programs to improve the health of all Australians through better protection of clean air. To get involved contact Ben Ewald at: bene2@spin.net.au or Sujata Allan at: sujata.allan@gmail.com

Health and Energy – Health & Energy covers a lot of topics we hear about every day, including Coal, Natural Gas, Renewable Energy, Transport, and The Built Environment. To get involved contact Graeme McLeay at: gmac45@internode.on.net

Sustainable Health Care – The carbon footprint of Australia’s healthcare sector is estimated at over 7% of Australia’s total emissions. While every sector needs to play its part to limit global warming and environmental degradation, the healthcare sector has an added responsibility (and opportunity) to lead mitigation of emissions and environmental impacts. To get involved contact Eugenie Kayak at: eugenie.kayak@icloud.com

Diet and Agriculture – Food systems generate at least 25% of human GHG emissions, including methane and nitrous oxides. We must now transition to net carbon sequestration, and away from unsustainable land clearing, water extraction, soil wastage, fish depletion and other impacts. This will involve changing our diets. Doctors everywhere are in a strong position to bring about change, advocating diets that are healthier both for patients and for the planet. To get involved contact Michael Schien at: michael.schien@newcastle.edu.au

Divestment – We are health workers and the choice to end any links to fossil fuel assets is an ethical one. Investing in industries that cause harm to human health is incompatible with our duty of care. To get involved contact Helen Redmond at: drhelenfr@gmail.com