Doctors for the Environment Australia is thrilled to renew its partnership with the AMA to address the severe health impacts of climate change.
Today, AMA President Prof Steve Robson and DEA Chair Dr Kate Wylie signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the next two years. The MOU includes these key goals:
- We agree that fundamental to mitigation is the requirement for national emissions reductions aligned to science-based targets.
- We will work to help achieve this by advocating for and supporting a transition to an environmentally sustainable healthcare sector. This includes the success of the National Health Sustainability and Climate Unit, equipping current and future doctors with the knowledge to provide sustainable healthcare, and promoting environmentally sustainable changes of practice for healthcare organisations and facilities.
- We will advocate for improved understanding and planning of the health impacts of climate change, including influencing the direction of the National Health and Climate Strategy, and improved data collection and research relating to healthcare’s environmental impact and the health impacts of climate change.
- We will work to improve public understanding about the human health benefits of a transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, with support for reducing Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions on health grounds.
- We will work to support the trusted voices of doctors and the wider health system to advocate for action on climate change, as we are often on the front line, treating patients who have been affected by extreme weather events.
DEA Chair Dr Kate Wylie said:
“Climate change is the greatest threat to health, and nothing is more critical for the survival of humanity than addressing the serious risks of a warming world.
“This is the critical decade- and it’s incumbent on us as health professionals to take the lead on climate action so that everyone benefits.
“Our partnership with the AMA will help shape a world where current and future generations can enjoy healthy lives.”
DEA’s Media and Communications Lead, Carmela Ferraro 0410 703 074