Doctors for the Environment Australia divests from Bank South Australia, a subsidiary of Westpac

DEA has today closed its accounts with Bank South Australia, a subsidiary of the Westpac Group. This large financial institution supports fossil fuel industries- the main driver of climate change which is threatening health. As doctors we have a duty of care to protect the public’s wellbeing. See above PDF to view our letter terminating our accounts.

What can I do for the Environment? By Dr Helen Redmond

In the first of a two-part video, Dr Helen Redmond, Rehabilitation Physician, introduces Doctors for the Environment Australia- who we are, what we do and why we do it.

Renewable Energy

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iDEA15: it’s a wrap!

Doctors welcome vote to establish a SA fracking inquiry

South Australian doctors welcome Wednesday’s  (19 November) Legislative Council vote to establish a Parliamentary Inquiry into fracking.

Do We Need Carbon For Transport?

DEA Member Dr Bryan Furnass examines energy sources for transport across the ages, and considers a largely unexplored option: anhydrous ammonia or NH3.

Medical experts warn scaling back the RET will put more Australians at risk of death and illness

Doctors have today condemned the Government’s announcement to weaken the Renewable Energy Target, saying it will increase the number of deaths and sickness across Australia- especially among vulnerable people such as children, the elderly and those with chronic illness.

Save our planet to save ourselves

“We are, as the former president of the Royal Society, Lord Martin Rees, insightfully put it, ‘destroying the book of life before we’ve even read it’”.

Tony McMichael, his contribution to DEA and an appreciation of his life

Tony McMichael died on 26th September. There will be many tributes to his life and work nationally and internationally which will document his books, papers, awards, involvement with the World Health Organization, his election to the US National Academy of Sciences and many other achievements

iDEA 2014: Dr Sallie Forrest speaks on transitioning from medical student to doctor

Dr Sallie Forrest speaks about becoming an environment and public health minded doctor at iDEA 2014, Doctors for the Environment Australia’s national conference.

iDEA 2014: Professor Ross Garnaut on Climate Change Policy and Direct Action

Professor Ross Garnaut speaks at iDEA 2014 on whether Australia can do it’s fair share on climate change mitigation through Direct Action. iDEA is Doctors for the Environment Australia’s national, medical student-led conference.

iDEA 2014: Student State Reports

Doctors for the Environment Australia state student groups give their reports to iDEA 2014, DEA’s national conference.

iDEA 2014: Dr Forbes McGain speaks on Hospital Sustainability and Measuring CO2

Dr Forbes McGain speaks on hospital sustainability – and measuring CO2 – at iDEA 2014, Doctors for the Environment Australia’s national conference.

iDEA 2014: Professor David Griggs speaks on Climate Change & Sustainability Challenges

Professor David Griggs, Director, Monash Sustainability Institute speaks to Doctors for the Environment Australia’s iDEA conference on Saturday 22nd March, 2014.

iDEA 2014: Professor Fiona Stanley speaks on Climate Change and Child Health

Former Australian of the Year Professor Fiona Stanley speaks about the impacts of climate change on children at iDEA 2014, Doctors for the Environment Australia’s national conference.

iDEA 2014: Dr Kate Charlesworth on Sustainable Health Care

Dr Kate Charlesworth speaks at the Doctors for the Environment Australia iDEA conference on sustainable health care. Kate is a PhD candidate and Advanced Trainee of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine

iDEA 2014: Assoc Prof Linda Selvey on Climate Change and Global Health

Assoc Prof Linda Selvey speaks on Climate Change and Global Health at iDEA 2014, Doctors for the Environment Australia’s national conference.

iDEA 2014: Charlie Wood speaks about Fossil Fuel Divestment

Charlie Wood, Campaigns Director for Australia and leader of the Fossil Free program, speaks about fossil fuel divestment at the Doctors for the Environment Australia iDEA conference.

iDEA 2014: Mark Ogge speaks on Renewable Energy Solutions

Mark Ogge, public engagement officer for The Australia Institute, speaks about Renewable Energy solutions for climate protection at the Doctors for the Environment Australia’s 2014 iDEA conference.

iDEA2014: Dr Helen Redmond, Environmental Determinants of Health: Unconventional Gas Case Study

Dr Helen Redmond, Rehabilitation Physician and Conjoint Lecturer, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW speaks at the Doctors for the Environment Australia iDEA conference on health risks of unconventional gas.

Letter published in MJA by DEA members Marion Carey, Helen Redmond and Melissa Haswell

Recently the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) published an article on the uncertainties surrounding the health impacts of the unconventional gas industry This was an important step on the road to highlighting the science of both the known and unknown adverse health impacts of unconventional gas extraction. 

Submission to the Energy White Paper Issue Paper

Planning Australia’s future energy landscape well in advance provides important opportunities to address challenges facing us and maximize energy efficiency, and security, as well as health and environmental co-benefits. However, we find the Energy White Paper (EWP) significantly flawed due to omissions or failure to consider a number of important factors.

AMSA takes real Climate Action

For many years the World Health Organization (WHO) have made it clear that the health care sector should lead by example in terms of reducing climate change pollutants and by demonstrating how climate change mitigation can yield tangible, immediate health benefits.

A Poem for iDEA13 by Associate Professor Grant Blashki

This is a poem from the iDEA13 Conference (April 2013) by A/Professor Grant Blashki, Nossal Institute for Global Health.

FACT & ACTION SHEET – Cash for containers

In this F&A sheet, we will be discussing Cash for Containers, which is a recycling campaign aimed at implementing a Container Deposits System (CDS) across all states in Australia.

Productivity Commission – Major project development assessment processes

DEA is concerned that the Commission has not recognised the importance of protecting human health in its considerations. In our submission, we describe the need for improved regulatory outcomes and the risks associated with reforms that do not achieve this.

BOB BROWN is coming to the National iDEA13 Conference in Adelaide

DEA’s annual student-run conference, iDEA, will be held at the University of Adelaide from the 6th – 7th of April, 2013.

Peter Doherty: why our fine-feathered friends deserve better

We thank the author and The Conversation for permission to publish under creative commons. This article about Peter’s new book will be of particular interest to DEA members because of its perceptive observations on the relationships between human and avian diseases. Peter is an active member of our Scientific Advisory Commitee.

Climate change and Victoria: high time to innovate, adapt, and cope. Climate Commission Report

We thank the Author Tim Flannery and The Conversation for permission to publish under creative commons
Following the release of Victorian climate impacts and opportunities yesterday, the Commission’s Chief Commissioner, Professor Tim Flannery, writes here about Victoria and its state of play.

Little by little: the benefits of Australian climate policy

We thank Roger Jones and the Conversation for permission to republish under creative commons.
A catchment threatened by salinity can’t be repaired by one or two landholders. Revegetation designed to lower watertables has its greatest ecological benefit where the plants are, but its net impact on salinity is small and spread over a much larger area. To achieve catchment-wide benefits, many good neighbours need to pay a small amount towards revegetation, with everyone contributing according to their capacity. Landcare – an idea invented in Australia and exported overseas – works exactly on that basis. It is supported by all major political parties, and many Landcare programs are funded by the taxpayer.

A Healthy Climate Change Battle

By David Shearman. We thank Climate Spectator for permission to republish. The tide of public opinion on climate change may be turning in the US with the impacts of massive drought, floods, storms and bushfires. A recent poll suggests so. Perhaps the removal of climate change from the realm of science to personal experience of physical and economic harm was always necessary for realisation.

Draft Energy White Paper Submission

Though the EWP sets out to address the legitimate aims of reducing emissions through “clean” energy, ensuring energy security and facilitating economic development, it repeatedly makes a series of assertions and assumptions that are contradictory.


Code Green is a joint initiative of AMSA and DEA. It involves both student and doctor members of DEA who are keen to act to change ‘the biggest threat to global health this century’.

Campaigns | Code Green


The following recommendations were compiled by a group of DEA student members after visiting a federal politician. He/she shared some advice on making the most out of future political visits.




Broadening the medical curriculum to encompass a focus on the links between environment and its degradation (including climate change), and health.
Coordinator: Kitty Soutar or Arthur Cheung (,

Join DEA handout

This handout outlines the importance of the link between the environment and health. It attempts to entice new members to DEA. Primarily used at social functions, public lectures and rallies, it forms part of the paper-based recruitment strategy, planned to be withdrawn in the coming few years.

What can I do?

This handout was developed in South Australia for both non-DEA and DEA members. It is adapted from a number of other resources and considers the changes that individuals can make to their lifestyles to reduce their carbon footprint and lead by example.

The Australian Medical Association

Link directly to their work on climate change and public health, including a report launched in September 2005, and their position statement.

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