DEA - Doctors for the environment

About Doctors for the Environment Australia

Doctors for the Environment Australia is a voluntary organisation of medical doctors in all states and territories.  We work to address the diseases – local, national and global – caused by damage to the earth’s environment.  For example, climate change will bring to Australia an increased burden of heat stroke, injury from fire and storm, infectious diseases and social disruption and mental illness, whilst in the developing world it will bring famine and water shortage.

The medical profession has a proud record of service to the community.  This record not only includes personal clinical care, but also involvement in global issues that threaten the future of humanity.  We aim to use our scientific and medical skills to educate governments and industry, the public and our colleagues by developing educational materials such as Policies and Posters and by direct contact, in the endeavour to highlight the medical importance of our natural environment. To our patients we try to provide a role model in the care of the environment for this is part of a preventative health ethos.

Core values

1.    DEA values and respects Australia’s indigenous peoples and recognises their long history of sustainable stewardship of country.
2.    DEA values the dedication and knowledge of members working on DEA’s behalf and recognises the contribution they make to the organisation’s activities.
3.    DEA values professional and scientific integrity and evidence based advocacy activities.
4.    DEA values natural ecosystems as our essential life support systems, vital for human health and wellbeing.
5.    DEA values a nurturing collaborative environment for our students and doctor members where their advocacy skills can be fostered and developed whilst working together as a team to achieve our vision.
6.    DEA values activities that foster stewardship for our natural environment.


Healthy planet, healthy people

We understand that human health and wellbeing are absolutely dependent upon a rich, biodiverse planet where all ecosystems sustain life in balance. Humans need a future with clean air and water, healthy soils producing nutritious food and a complex, diverse and interconnected humanity whose needs are met in a sustainable way.


Protecting health through care of the environment

We achieve this by working to conserve and restore the natural environment because of its relationship to and impact on human health.

We work towards sustainable development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising  future generations.

We educate and alert doctors and the public to the health effects of environmental degradation locally and worldwide using the best available scientific evidence and the precautionary principle.