DEA - Doctors for the environment
  • Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2036

    Our health is absolutely dependent on our natural environment. We rely on natural ecosystems for clean air and water, healthy, fertile soils in which to grow our food, a stable climate in which to thrive and a rich tapestry of living organisms- biodiversity- from which we have taken food and over half of the medicines in use today. Currently we are facing urgent threats to our wellbeing from climate change and biodiversity loss. As medical doctors we welcome this opportunity to provide input to the Victorian government’s review of biodiversity protection – a plan that is desperately needed to address the appalling rate of species extinction in our state. 

  • Submission on Petroleum (Environment) Regulations - Northern Territory

    ....oil and gas developments must be undertaken in a manner that will both protect the health of its citizens, preserve and enhance the Territory’s unique surroundings, our way of life and ensure the viability of other crucial sectors of our economy such as agriculture and tourism......

  • Submission on the Vehicle Emissions Discussion Paper

    Vehicle emissions are a major public health issue with approximately 3,000 deaths per annum in Australia resulting from air pollution; a figure greater than total road accident deaths. A significant proportion of these deaths and the chronic illness of thousands more is caused by vehicular pollution. We welcome the opportunity to submit to this Inquiry into Vehicle Emissions as any decisions are able to make important gains in preventative health. DEA's submission particularly addresses the health harms and costs of vehicular emissions and pollution. The magnitude of these costs is such that inclusion of them in the economic consideration of the Forum would indicate the urgency for reform.

  • Submission to the Select Committee on Unconventional Gas Mining

    DEA is of the view that a national approach is essential to reduce the extensive risks associated with unconventional gas mining. The most (self-) evident reason for this is that sets of unconventional gas operations may take place in regions overlying, and therefore threatening, precious aquifers, aquifers that do not recognise state borders. DEA asks the Committee to be aware that medical and health research literature on unconventional gas is rapidly expanding. Much published research comes from the United States where an estimated 15 million people live within 1.6km of gas or oil wells. As a result, there has been a large increase in the number of published papers addressing unconventional gas activity and health.......

  • Submission to Tasmania’s draft climate change action plan 2016-2021

    Tasmania and Australia more broadly, is already experiencing the human health impacts of longer, hotter and more frequent heatwaves , with recent heatwaves around Australia producing increased hospital admissions and deaths, and putting extra strain on healthcare and emergency services. Recent years have also seen increasingly frequent and severe bushfires in Tasmania. Bushfires pose numerous risks to health including direct injuries, burns and deaths from the fires themselves, as well as through cardiorespiratory effects of smoke on people living hundreds or even thousands of kilometres away....

  • Submission on the Draft Report on Australia’s climate policy option

    It is a great disappointment that numerous Climate Change Authority discussions and documents on the issue of climate change have failed to emphasise its impact on health. To avoid widespread, severe and irreversible impacts associated with present trajectory of 4 degrees of global warming, urgent action must be taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  The response of Government thus far has been grossly inadequate – and that Australia needs to commit to a reduction target on 2020 levels of at least 40% by 2025 and a reduction of at least 95% by 2050. This is the only way that we might be able to confine global temperature rise to 2°C and thus avoid severe consequences to human health.  The time to act is now.

    Download Submission (460KB) | February 2016
  • Submission on the SA Environment Protection (Air Quality) Policy 2016

    The Global Burden of Disease report from WHO estimates that ambient air pollution is responsible for 3.7 million deaths worldwide (2012 estimate). Morbidity is difficult to quantify but it is recognised that the incidences of asthma, chronic lung disease, heart and other vascular disease, some neurological conditions, and some cancers are all influenced by air quality. The very young and the elderly are most impacted. Although Australia’s air quality is better than in many countries DEA believes there is cause for concern. It is estimated there are approximately 3,000 deaths annually in Australia attributable to air pollution........

  • Submission on the Rix’s Creek Continuation Project

    Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA) opposes the approval of the Rix’s Creek continuation on the grounds that the area, and in particular the inhabitants of Camberwell and Singleton already suffer high levels of particulate air pollution and the extension of mining will exacerbate the probability of respiratory harm in a region with many existing coal mines and poor air quality. New research on the health effects of air pollution has been published which indicates the annual standard adopted by the NSW EPA is inadequate. 

    Download Submission (247KB) | December 2015
  • Submission to the SA Government on Developing a New Climate Change Strategy for South Australia

    Climate change is a priority issue for DEA. As the 1st Lancet Commission on Climate Change and Health stated in 2009, “climate change is the greatest threat to human health of the 21st century". The consultation papers for “Developing a New Climate Change Strategy for SA” make very little reference to health. DEA believes health is central to any strategy around climate change as affirmed by the Lancet publications cited above. Our foremost recommendation is to prepare this consultative document urgently.

  • Submission to the Independent Inquiry into the EPA Victoria

    DEA strongly welcomes the Ministerial Inquiry into the future roles and responsibilities of the Victorian EPA. Reviews of EPAs are uncommon, and this review in Victoria is an important opportunity for the Government of Victoria to provide true reform which aims to be a model of excellence to other states. The aim of our submission is to assist with this.

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