Our future - Meating the challenge one plate at a time

Australians are among the biggest meat eaters in the world. We consume a staggering 90kg per person each year, or around 250g per day. Reducing the amount of meat we eat is a vital part of looking after our health. 

Vicdoc: Protecting Victoria's forests is good for our health

Victoria’s forests are simply extraordinary. They support our health in a variety of ways and there is currently a community call for a new Great Forest National Park in our Central Highlands. Despite this, state government owned Vicforests continues industrial clear fell logging. In addition to the push from environmentalists and scientists there is a strong argument for the protection of our remaining forests on health grounds.

The Advertiser comment: Doctors for the Environment Australia: Heatwaves are silent killers

ADELAIDE has just experienced a record-breaking heatwave for December, with regional areas facing even higher temperatures than the city. While the much-needed cool change brought temporary relief, scientific evidence indicates we must brace for more of these events.

Anglesea coal power should close

The following open letter was published in the Geelong Advertiser, 4th August 2014 and appears under a Creative Commons licence.

Medical activism needs to stay within the law

This letter written by DEA Chair, Professor Kingsley Faulkner was published in Medical Observer, 1st August 2014 and appears under a Creative Commons licence.

Democracy: essential for health and wellbeing

This article by DEA Member Peter Tait was published in Medical Observer 16th August 2013 and appears under a Creative Commons licence.

Proposal to fast track NSW mining carries health risks

Doctors say the NSW government plans to turn its back on communities by ensuring mining projects are approved regardless of potential health impacts.

Eternal growth: neither possible nor healthy

A/Prof Hubertus Jersmann from Doctors for the Environment Australia explains why climate change means ill health.

Something in the air: time for independent testing in coal areas

Tens of thousands of Australians live and work close to coal-fired power plants. The cocktail of gaseous and particulate pollutants arising from coal power generation is injurious to human health. All are associated with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke in the days after exposure and subsequently with the development of chronic cardiopulmonary diseases.

Living in the dusty shadow of coal mining

AUSTRALIA’S resources boom is already generating a lot of dust, noise and fumes, and the amount stirred up is only going to increase, given plans by miners to double coal and iron ore extraction this decade.


Yet state and federal governments are doing surprisingly little to monitor and regulate these impacts on the people living in the shadow of mining and energy projects. While state governments require companies to submit voluminous environmental impact statements, designed to protect flora and fauna, less is being done to protect people….

 

…A group of concerned doctors has written to federal and state ministers about the risks for the population near this mine. Doctors for the Environment, which includes Gustav Nossal on its scientific committee, says in a letter to federal Environment Minister Tony Burke that the expansion to a four million tonne annual operation had already subjected the surrounding population to “serious pollution which is likely to have affected their health and this situation has existed since 2006 when stage 2 commenced.

 

Emeritus professor David Shearman told Burke it “beggars belief” that the company has not produced adequate data on PM2.5 levels and that of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide, which are commonly found in high levels around coal mines.

 

However the data that is presented, though inadequate, suggests that air quality has been unacceptable for some years,” he wrote.

 

Neglect of this patient will affect all of us

This article by an SA medical student member of DEA first appeared in Medical Observer.

Population & Health

The following article appears this week in Medical Observer.  The author is DEA national committee member and GP, Dr George Crisp.

Coal Ash and Mercury: why coal is a health hazard

David Shearman and Mariann Lloyd Smith write today at ABC online unleashed:

Greening our prescriptions



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