Meet the new climate change warrior: your doctor

Meet the new climate change warrior: your doctor

Amanda Zhou on a high about iDEA15

 

Media release

12 March 2015

 

President of the Australian Medical Association Dr Brian Owler said climate change would have “significant consequences” for our health and that there was a clear role for doctors to become involved in tackling the issue, describing any failure to do so as “inter-generational theft”.

Dr Owler’s comments were made in a pre-recorded video which will be played at a Doctors for the Environment Australia conference on the link between health and the environment in Sydney on 14 to 15 March.

iDEA15 — A Prescription for Action is organised by young doctors and medical students who are members of health advocacy group, Doctors for the Environment Australia, and is aimed at raising awareness about the effects of climate change on our health. The World Health Organisation has described climate change as the biggest health threat of the 21st century.

“There has been a lot of talk around inter-generational theft, mainly around finances and budget, Dr Owler said.  “The same can be said in relation to our environment. If we don’t put policies in place now, to control climate change, but also that we are prepared should climate continue to warm, we’re going to do the next generation a disservice as well.”

In this critical year leading up to the COP21 discussions in Paris in November aimed at achieving internationally binding emissions reduction targets, the conference will provide doctors and medical students with the education, inspiration and tools to help them throw their weight behind much-needed climate action.

Delegates will hear a number of prominent speakers, including:

·      AMA President Dr Brian Owler; The Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (AFPHM); and the World health Organisation (WHO) will

       discuss the health response in Australia and internationally 

·       NSW Minister for Environment Rob Stokes,  NSW Labor Deputy Leader of the Opposition Linda Burney and the Environment spokesperson

         for the Greens Dr Mehreen Faruqi discuss the environment, ahead of the NSW election on 28 March

·       Former Australian defence chief, Admiral Chris Barrie who will talk about climate change and the implications for national security

·       Former Opposition leader Dr John Hewson on how we’re trending towards a climate induced GFC

·       CEO of the Climate Council Amanda McKenzie on the latest climate news

 

Says iDEA15 spokesperson Dr Helen Redmond, “Climate change is a public health emergency. As doctors we are the custodians of public health, and we have a duty of care to our patients to try and reduce the threat of climate change to their wellbeing. Without strong advocacy from doctors, the health harms from tobacco would not be decreasing and the story about harms from asbestos would remain untold.

“Doctors raising awareness about climate change and how it will impact on health are fast becoming the new-normal of the medical profession.”

 

iDEA15 is also open to interested members of the public.

 

iDEA15

http://www.idea15.net

Where:

Ian and Nancy Turbott Auditorium, University of Western Sydney, Parramatta

When: 14 to 15 March 2015

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