DEA congratulates the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) in declaring climate change a health emergency. The RACGP has joined other major medical colleges and organisations in raising the alarm over the current and growing impact of climate change.
In declaring, the college acknowledged the serious threats posed to the health of children, older Australians, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and those in rural and remote communities.
It has vowed to advocate for policies protecting human health from climate-change risks at all levels of government recognising that strong voices are calling for the mitigation of climate impacts on the health of current and future generations.
The RACGP stated "it is important for GPs to understand the causes, health risks and consequences of climate change, as well as mitigation and adaption measures at individual and population levels. It has vowed to advocate for policies protecting human health from climate-change risks at all levels of government".
The RACGP follows the Royal Australian College of Physicians (RACP), the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and the Australian Medical Association (AMA) who recently declared climate change a health emergency. DEA declared a climate emergency earlier this year.
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 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 and please share the link with your medical colleagues.
News about the RACGP declaration can be found HERE.