DEA welcomes Federal Opposition health spokesperson Chris Bowen's statement in the SMH that Australia's government response to the challenges of a changing climate should reflect the urgency the medical profession has placed on this major public health issue. Mr Bowen acknowledges that organisations from Doctors for the Environment Australia to the Australian Medical Association have declared climate change as a health emergency. He states that given the dangers it poses to the health of Australians, it's vital to implement a national climate change health strategy.
Mr Bowen says that the current 10 National Health Priority Areas, which are agreed between the Commonwealth, states and territories should include climate change.
"Australia is just as, if not more, exposed than other nations...If one constructive thing can come out of the terrible months Australia has suffered, let it be recognition that the health impacts of climate change are real and need to be addressed."
Read the full article published in The Sydney Morning Herald on 19 January 2020.
DEA calls on the Federal Minister for Health Greg Hunt to also acknowledge climate change as a major risk to the health of Australians, and to support a national climate change health strategy.
The climate crisis is national health, economic, and security threat which merits statutory laws to guide implementation and governance.
DEA is currently urging all doctors to sign a petition calling Parliament to declare climate change a health emergency and to adopt appropriate legislation to curb the biggest risk to health humanity has faced.