Our Work Current Campaigns and Projects

Current Campaigns and Projects

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.

Climate Care is Healthcare electoral campaign 2022

Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA) demands action from the federal government to address climate change

If the planet is healthy, then people will also be healthy. The science for this is clear, yet our politicians and leaders are not addressing this challenge at the rate needed to prevent catastrophic climate change.

Our members will be working with the community to ensure that all political candidates understand that in the interest of our health.

The key electorates we will be focusing on are in NSW (Wentworth), South Australia (Boothby), Western Australia (Curtin), Victoria (Higgins) and Queensland (Leichardt). 

Will you help us to ensure that the message gets through?

Pledge your support by signing the postcard relevant to your electorate

Climate Care is Health Care




Digital postcard Wentworth electorate

Wentworth is located in Sydney’s inner suburbs

Digital postcard Curtin electorate

Curtin is located in Perth’s inner suburbs

Higgins - cover image

Higgins is located in Melbourne’s inner eastern suburbs

Boothby electorate cover image

Boothby is located in Adelaide’s inner suburbs


Leichhardt is located in Far North Queensland

To learn more ways to get involved, please email janelle.sewell@dea.org.au.

Watch the Climate and Health Candidate Forums in the five electorates on Youtube

The healthcare sector is responsible for a whopping 7% of Australia’s carbon emissions

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.