Landmark framework paves way for action on climate and health

Thursday 22 June 2017

'This could be the game changer we've been looking for. Climate change is bad for health and we're hoping that tri-partisan support will depoliticise the issue so that we can act.' Dr Liz Hanna

Hon Ken Wyatt (Minister for Ageing & Indigenous Affairs), Hon Richard Di Natale, Hon Mark Butler, Hon Catherine King (& Shadow Health Minister), Dr Liz Hanna (President Climate & Health Alliance, & ANU) at the launch of the Framework
The launch was attended by Hon Ken Wyatt, Hon Richard Di Natale, Hon Mark Butler, Hon Catherine King, Dr Liz Hanna (ANU & President Climate & Health Alliance) & many others

The Climate and Health Alliance, led by their President Dr Liz Hanna, launched a collaboratively developed Framework for a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being for Australia at Parliament House on 22 June.

The launch of the document secured tri-partisan support, with the event co-hosted by Commonwealth Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt, Shadow Minister for Health, Catherine King, and Australian Greens Leader, Senator Richard Di Natale.   The ALP have since announced that they will develop and implement a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being for Australia, based on the Framework.

The launch is a milestone achievement in Australia, and a world first, and attracted good media coverage including:

Health groups urge coal phase-out and strong emissions reduction - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/22/australian-health-groups-urge-coal-phase-out-and-strong-emissions-reduction

Climate change is harming the health of Australians http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2017/07/climate-change-harming-health-australia-170702082331151.html

 

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