VicDoc: Health experts call for stronger national air pollution standards


Health experts unite to call on our environment ministers to limit dangerous pollutants that include nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide and ozone to improve air quality, writes Associate Professor Vicki Kotsirilos AM. Air pollution is currently causing more than 3000 premature and preventable deaths per year in Australia, as well as contributing to asthma, heart disease, lung disease and cancer. The call to clean up our air and bring it in line with international best practice comes as state and federal environment ministers prepare to review the National Environment Protection Measure (NEPM).

The NEPM is being adjusted for the first time in 21 years, since it was established in 1998.

Associate Professor Vicki Kotsirilos AM is a GP and a member of Doctors for the Environment Australia.

Read the full article in the AMA Victoria publication, VicDoc, October/November 2019 edition.

Further resources: 

  • DEA submission to the Proposed variation to the Ambient Air Quality NEPM standards for ozone, nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide. 
  •  Joint Expert Position Statement on health-based standards for Australian regulated thresholds of nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide and ozone in ambient air. 
  • Media Release: Health experts call for stronger national air pollution standards to save lives.
  •  Add your voice for strong air pollution standards by signing a petition to our elected representatives  alling for stricter air pollution control. While submissions regarding a revision of the NEPM standards closed on Wednesday 7 August, the environmental ministers, both state and federal, over the next weeks will continue to debate the issue. 


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