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.
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.
South Australian doctors welcome Wednesday’s (19 November) Legislative Council vote to establish a Parliamentary Inquiry into fracking.
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.
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.
Dr Sallie Forrest speaks about becoming an environment and public health minded doctor at iDEA 2014, Doctors for the Environment Australia’s national conference.
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.
Dr Forbes McGain speaks on hospital sustainability – and measuring CO2 – at iDEA 2014, Doctors for the Environment Australia’s national conference.
Professor David Griggs, Director, Monash Sustainability Institute speaks to Doctors for the Environment Australia’s iDEA conference on Saturday 22nd March, 2014.
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.
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
Assoc Prof Linda Selvey speaks on Climate Change and Global Health at iDEA 2014, Doctors for the Environment Australia’s national conference.
Charlie Wood, Campaigns Director for 350.org Australia and leader of the Fossil Free program, speaks about fossil fuel divestment at the Doctors for the Environment Australia iDEA conference.
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.
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.
Recently the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) published an article on the uncertainties surrounding the health impacts of the unconventional gas industry https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2014/200/4/harms-unknown-health-uncertainties-cast-doubt-role-unconventional-gas-australias. 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.
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.
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.
This is a poem from the iDEA13 Conference (April 2013) by A/Professor Grant Blashki, Nossal Institute for Global Health.
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.
DEA’s annual student-run conference, iDEA, will be held at the University of Adelaide from the 6th – 7th of April, 2013.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.