30 April 2015
Doctors for the Environment Australia says the AMA’s backing of this important report indicates the nation’s leading doctors’ organisation is using its position to encourage strong action to protect the Australian public from the health harms of climate change.
DEA’s Honorary Secretary Dr David Shearman says, “It’s important that all doctors’ organisations join with the AMA to provide a unified and strong call to federal and state governments to take action. Doctors have a prominent role in the community and all of us need to use our position to encourage action.”
DEA- a national group of medical doctors which formed more than a decade ago to raise awareness about the close link between the environment and health- participated in the Think Tank that formed the basis for the Academy of Science report.
DEA backs the report’s comprehensive findings that clearly show the threats to Australians’ health from climate change if urgent action is not taken.
The report makes it clear that those who suffer the worst effects of climate change will, in general, be the most vulnerable members of society—in particular, the sick, the elderly, the very young and the poor.
Health impacts are considered under five key areas: extreme weather events, changing patterns of disease, disruptions to food and water supplies, loss of livelihoods and increased threats to security.
The reports recommendations include better national coordination of adaptation strategies through a new National Centre for Disease Control and a new National Food and Water Commission. One of the final recommendations is cutting Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions, which DEA supports as the most critical to protecting our health.
Dr David Shearman, 0488 419 070
David Shearman is DEA’s co-founder and Honorary Secretary
Dr Sallie Forrest, 0434 049 715
Sallie Forrest is a Western Australian GP registrar and public health doctor with a special interest in climate change and health.
She participated in the Theo Murphy Think Tank, which formed the basis for the report, in the subgroup focusing on Temperature and Extreme Weather Events.
More information on DEA’s role
DEA is an independent health advocacy organisation of medical doctors addressing the health impacts of environmental damage http://dea.org.au
DEA is supported by a scientific committee consisting of:
Sir Gustav Nossal, Professor Peter Doherty, Professor Fiona Stanley, Rosemary Stanton, Professor Stephen Boyden, Professor Bob Douglas, Professor Michael Kidd, Professor David de Kretser, Professor Steve Leeder, Professor Ian Lowe, Professor Robyn McDermott, Professor Peter Newman, Professor Hugh Possingham, Professor Lawrie Powell, Norman Swan, Professor David Yencken.