Our members are leading a number of campaigns and projects that aim to improve public health by promoting greater care for the environment. Read on to find out more.
NSW Environment Protection Authority
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We are in the middle of a history defining opportunity for climate action in Australia. The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is seeking public input into its first ever Climate Change Policy and draft Climate Change Action Plan.
This is an important development which has possibilities to improve state level action on climate and may set a precedent for other states.
Victorian State Election Campaign
The Victorian State Election 2022 is an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of climate and environmental action to protect the health of all Australians.
Doctors for the Environment Australia asks its Victorian members as well as the general public to meet with your local MP and election candidates to encourage more ambitious climate action and policies.
The Push to Make Healthcare Sustainable
We feel that a profession whose mantra is ‘first, do no harm’, has a responsibility to decarbonise as quickly as possible.
We recently joined forces with the Australian Medical Association (AMA) to call on the Australian healthcare sector to reduce its carbon emissions to net zero by 2040, with an interim emission reduction target of 80% by 2030.
We’re also calling for the establishment of a Sustainable Healthcare Unit to set a pathway for achieving green healthcare, the procurement of medical equipment, pharmaceuticals and goods for sources with low carbon footprints and the reduction of travel emissions through telemedicine and electric vehicle fleets.
The healthcare sector is wholly dedicated to preservation and protection of human health. Given that climate change is the biggest threat facing human health today, we believe that the sector has a responsibility to decarbonise.
To find out more, check out our full report on sustainable healthcare. Our members have also published a number of opinion pieces and articles that you can access here.