The fundamental objective of Doctors for the Environment Australia is to protect and enhance health by protecting the environment. There are other social determinants of health and racial discrimination, dispossession, inequality and injustice are prominent among them. DEA expects that closing the gap in health and life expectancy of the First people of our land must be of the highest priority for government, alongside protecting the environment.
The Black Lives Matter movement has become a genuine and powerful catalyst for change in the context of historic and present disadvantage. The momentum should, or rather must, lead to improvements in many aspects of the lives of the afflicted including their health and life expectancy.