After Hours Webinar Series

After Hours Webinar Series

After Hours is a webinar series all about climate change and human health. Each session focuses on one specific aspect of the relationship between climate change and human health—and what health professionals can be doing about it.

Episodes are delivered by a leading health expert in the relevant field. Joining the live audience is free and all are welcome. Recordings of each session are available on this page and our YouTube Channel.

If you’re a doctor, After Hours sessions are an activity accredited by the RACGP and ACRRM. Attendants of the webinars will be provided with a certificate of attendance—free of charge.


Our Facilitator

Dr Kate Wylie is a GP who is passionate about climate action to improve health.

Based in Adelaide, Dr Wylie is a board member of Doctors for the Environment Australia and chairs the RACGP’s Climate and Environmental Special Interest Group. She has founded Climate Medicine, an advocacy project whereby she presents to community groups on the health effects of climate change.

In all her work, Dr Wylie seeks to activate her audience so they can become more involved in creating the paradigm shift that we need to combat the climate crisis and ensure the health of our beautiful planet.

“Our planet is worth saving, and so are we.”


Greening General Practice

October 26, 2022. Presented by Doctors for the Environment Australia

This webinar provides an overview of climate changes health effects and provide solutions so that GPs can be climate ready and climate friendly.

The panel includes:

Dr Kate Wylie: Chair RACGPs Climate and Environmental Medicine Specific Interest Group, Deputy Chair of DEA. Kate is a GP from Adelaide who is passionate about climate action to protect human health. She is solutions focused and seeks to activate people to become part of a positive movement for climate action. 

Dr Denise Ruth: Denise is involved in multiple projects in her local community and will talk about how GPs can address climate concerns in their clinical practice and be advocates for social change at a grass roots level. 

Dr Ross Wylie: Chair Clinical Advisory Committee, Northern Rivers PHN. Ross will talk about how practices can green their premises and reduce the carbon footprint of their practice based and clinical emissions. 

Dr Michelle Hamrosi: GP and lactation consultant, Michelle is a passionate advocate for environmental care and will shared her lived experience of the Black Summer Fires and its effect on the health of her community. 


Climate Action: addressing emissions from clinical practice

July 20, 2022 Presented by Dr Kate Wylie and Dr Roger Harris

Health care constitutes 7% of Australians domestic carbon footprint with hospitals and pharmaceuticals being responsible for almost 2/3rd of these emissions.

We can reduce this carbon burden by addressing our practice habits, taking emissions into account, while achieving best practice care.

Three areas where we can really make a difference are in pathology ordering, asthma management and anaesthetic gases. In each of these, low carbon practice also constitutes good clinical practice, making climate action a win for emissions and a win for our patients.

Dr Roger Harris will be presenting the excellent work that Coda Change is doing to address these three climate actions.

Dr Harris is a co-founder of Coda and a senior staff specialist in the intensive care unit at the Royal North Shore hospital and the Sydney Adventist hospital (SAN). He is dual qualified in Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care and is passionate about education and climate change.


Hot off the press The IPCC report and what it means for health in Australia

March 30, 2022. Presented by Dr Kate Wylie and Dr Nina Lansbury

The latest IPCC report was released on the 1st March. It outlines the increasingly dire effects of climate change. It included a focus on the health implications. It also assessed how climate change will effect the different regions of our planet, including a chapter on Australia and New Zealand.

This AfterHours we will hear from IPCC lead author Dr Nina Lansbury. Dr Lansbury will highlight the impacts of climate change for us here in Australia. She will focus on the social inequities inherent in climate change and in particular on the effects in the Torres Strait Islands and other remote Indigenous communities.

Dr Lansbury is a research and teaching academic at The University of Queensland’s School of Public Health. Her current research at UQ examines health aspects for remote Indigenous community residents on both mainland Australia and in the Torres Strait in terms of housing, water and sewerage, and women’s health. She is also investigating the impacts of climate change on human health, and this involves a role as lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (WG II, AR6). Within the research sector, she was previously a senior research scientist at CSIRO, manager of the Sustainable Water program at The University of Queensland, and senior research consultant at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS. Within the non-government sector, she was previously the director of the Climate Action Network Australia and research coordinator at the Mineral Policy Institute.


Planetary Health

February 24, 2022. Presented by Dr Kate Wylie

We often talk about the need to have a healthy planet to have healthy people, but what do need to have a healthy planet?

Planetary Health is an emerging field of thought and refers to “the health of human civilisation and the state of the natural systems on which it depends”. It seeks to define planetary health boundaries, including climate change, biodiversity, food and water systems, land use and agriculture, pollution and chemical waste; and assesses the health status of these domains. 

Human activities are impacting on these planetary health boundaries and we need to change the way we interact with our planet to ensure its future health and by extension our own.


Climate Action for Health Professionals

August 26, 2021. Presented by Dr John Van Der Kallen, Dr Kim Loo, Dr Kate Wylie and Ms Denise Cauchi


Mental Health in a Time of Climate Crisis

July 22, 2021. Presented by Dr Grant Blashki

The psychological impacts of the planetary health crisis are immense. Eco-anxiety and climate grief are increasingly common problems in our rapidly changing world. Many of us have now have been personally effected by extreme weather, fires, heatwaves, pollution etc and cannot help but feel distress, sadness and anger as we watch the climate crisis deepen. Health care practitioners see the mental health effects of climate change in our professional lives and we need to be able to support our patients as they grapple with these emotions, while also supporting our own psychological health needs. Presented by Dr Grant Blashki, this webinar will look at the psychological impacts of the climate crisis and provide guidance in their management.

Dr Grant Blashki is a practicing GP, the Lead Clinical Advisor for Beyond Blue, Associate Professor at the Nossal Institute for Global Health, and the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute both at the University of Melbourne, Adjunct at Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Writer in Residence at Future Leaders books, Health Ambassador for the Lord Mayors Charitable Foundation, and Honorary Professor at Shenzhen Luohu Hospital Group in China. His three themes of research are 1) Mental Health 2) Environmental Health and 3) Global Health. He has co-authored over 125 peer reviewed publications and 8 books. He was one of the co-founding members of DEA.


Women’s Health and Climate Change

June 17, 2021. Presented by Dr Kristine Barnden and Ana Navidad

Throughout the world, women and children are highly vulnerable to the effects of a warming planet, and vulnerability increases with increasing levels of gender inequity. In all societies, improving women’s access to education, reproductive health care, financial resources and decision-making roles, is a vital part of climate mitigation and resilience. For Australian women and the health professionals caring for them, there are specific considerations around exposure to heat and air pollution, especially in pregnancy, that will be covered in this presentation.

Dr Kristine Barnden is a Hobart based obstetrician, climate activist, and member of Doctors for the Environment Australia. As an obstetrician, she is interested in the effects of environmental exposures on current and future generations. Dr Barnden believes the most effective thing she can do to help improve the health of women and children around the world is to get ordinary Australians talking about climate change. After her presentation Dr Barnden will be joined by Ana Navidad, midwife and climate activist.


Nutrition in a Changing Climate

May 20, 2021. Presented by Dr Rosemary Stanton

Human agriculture practices contribute almost 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The way humans produce food and the types of food we eat are a significant burden for the health of our planet, with some foods (notably beef) carrying a far greater burden than others. Dietary practices are a great opportunity for climate change action and mitigation. By changing to a plant rich diet we can help treat the climate crisis and improve our own health too. Dr Rosemary Stanton OAM is presenting this webinar on Nutrition in a Changing Climate. Dr Stanton is a household name in Australia and as a nutritionist her professional work has educated the public on nutrition and health for many years. Dr Stanton is a Visiting Fellow in the School of Medical Sciences at the University of New South Wales, and is passionate about issues relating to sustainable food production and consumption. In 2019, the Public Health Association of Australia presented Rosemary with their highest honour – the Sidney Sax Award “for providing a notable contribution to the protection and promotion of public health, solving public health problems, advancing community awareness of public health measures and advancing the ideals and practice of equity in the provision of healthcare”. As well as many peer-reviewed scientific papers, Rosemary has authored over 30 books on food and nutrition, including several textbooks, and continues to write on nutrition for both the public and the medical profession. She was a member of the NHMRC’s committee that developed the most recent dietary guidelines and infant feeding guidelines and she is working to ensure future guidelines give greater focus to the interrelationships between healthy diets and environmental factors.


Air Pollution

April 14, 2021. Presented by Dr Ben Ewald

Air pollution is estimated by the World Health Organisation to be responsible for an estimated seven million excess deaths per year and is a major cause of ill-health in Australia. Air pollution comes from transport and industry emissions, from the combustion of coal and gas and from bushfires. The catastrophic climate fires demonstrated how serious a health threat air pollution from smoke is. This threat will increase in Australia as a result of global warming. Join respected GP and academic Dr Ben Ewald as he outlines the far-reaching effects of air pollution on human health. Pollution has obvious effects on respiratory and cardiovascular function, but also effects intrauterine development and cognitive development in children. Dr Ewald is passionate about the need for robust policy in this area and will identify current policy opportunities in Australia during his talk. Dr Ewald has 20 years of teaching experience, having taught epidemiology at the University of Newcastle. His interests are in applying the methods of epidemiology to the health problems seen in the community and in general practice. He has more than 40 publications in peer reviewed journals and is a member of Doctors for the Environment Australia. After his presentation Dr Ewald will be joined by Drs Vicki Kotsirilos, Bob Vickers, Kathleen Wild and Kate Wylie for a panel discussion and to answer questions from the audience. Please join Dr Ewald for this one hour webinar and learn how air pollution is inextricably linked with global warming.


Climate Change and Human Health

March 18, 2021. Presented by Dr Kate Wylie

Climate change is a health issue. The climate crisis has been described as the greatest threat to human health this century. For health practitioners the health effects are becoming increasingly apparent and a part of our daily professional lives. They are going to become more obvious and more severe as the climate crisis deepens. This webinar provides an introduction to the health effects of climate change and is aimed at GPs and other health practitioners. It is vital that the medical profession understands this greatest of all health threats so that we act in the best interests of our patients and our community. Presented by Dr Kate Wylie, the webinar outlines how anthropogenic global warming is changing our climate and how this change then effects human health. Importantly, it focuses on what health practitioners can do to treat climate change, both on a case-by-case basis but also from a broader public health perspective. Dr Wylie is a GP who is passionate about climate action to improve health. She is a member of Doctors for the Environment and has completed the Climate Reality Leadership Program with Al Gore. Dr Wylie is the founder of climate medicine, an advocacy project whereby she educates community groups on the health effects of climate change. Please join Dr Wylie for this one hour webinar and learn how you can be part of the solution to the climate crisis.


Watch the webinar series in a YouTube Playlist

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