DEA congratulates the Royal Australian College of Physicians (RACP), the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) who today declared climate change a health emergency.
Their declaration follows DEA’s own climate emergency declaration and that of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) in September.
The statements collectively are an extraordinary call to action from leading medical groups for the government to take urgent action in addressing climate change to protect the health of Australians.
The statements highlight the risk of inaction ranging from bushfire risks through to changes in climate sensitive infectious diseases, the stresses on emergency departments, health systems and the medical workforce and the need for urgent action both to mitigate and prepare for health impacts due to climate change.
Australia’s health professionals are demanding that the country urgently requires a national climate change and health strategy and calls on the federal government to take precautionary measures to address this public health emergency.
The health voice calling for action continues to grow. DEA recently launched a climate emergency petition, which calls for doctors to demand that the government declare a climate emergency and act on climate change.
The government must act now.
Sign the petition.