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Media statement: Climate emergency a public health emergency which must get top priority – this decade

September 14, 2021 - ...of Glasgow summit ABC online Doctors, farmers call for stronger climate commitments ahead of Glasgow talks ABC AM with Sabra Lane ABC national and metro breakfast news bulletins around the country, leading for a number of bulletins, with Dr Omar Khorshid grab.  Mentioned in news headlines on Radio National Breakfast show a number of times. AMA says climate change is a ‘health emergency’ ABC TV 24, Joe O’Brien interview with Dr Omar Khorshid Doctors and farmers turn up heat on Morrison ahead of Glasgow Michelle Grattan column in The Conversation and City News (Canberra publication). Mentions DEA and the AMA. Commercial radio...

Independent Australia: The madness of a gas-led recovery and what you can do about it

June 29, 2020 - ...clean is disingenuous. DEA has this week launched a video message, warning that a gas-led pandemic economic recovery would be hazardous to health and cost lives.  The DEA members speaking out on the effects of gas, highlight how renewable energy technologies are readily available to us and don’t cost our health or the health of the planet. Add your voice to the video message via an online petition. About the co-authors Dr Graeme McLeay is a retired anaesthetist and a member of Doctors for the Environment Australia.   Dr Ingo Weber is a qualified rural GP who took up anaesthetics whilst overseas...

Stanford’s Paul Ehrlich fears the worst for a planet with 7 billion residents

October 26, 2011 - ...of 7 billion, Ehrlich discusses post-Population Bomb growth with the Stanford News Service. Global population has more than doubled since you wrote The Population Bomb. What major consequences of that growth do we see today? We are seeing climate disruption leading to rising food prices, loss of biodiversity, deteriorating ecosystem services, increased chances of vast epidemics and nuclear resource wars and a general reduction in the odds of avoiding the first catastrophic collapse of a global civilisation. Have any of your prescriptions from The Population Bomb been followed to success in the last 40 years? Read the rest online here....

Bring Back DDT?

August 18, 2007 - ...39 states. Hundreds of human deaths are recorded The Center for Disease Control in the US suggests preventative measures–Wear clothes that expose little skin; use insect repellent;stay indoors during peak mosquito hours (dusk to dawn); and “get rid of mosquito breeding sites” by removing standing water and installing and maintaining screens. Sound familiar? Yes these are the simple measures to control the malaria-carrying mosquito. Dr Henry Miller, a physician, fellow at the Hoover Institution, and an official at the NIH and FDA from 1977-1994 writes in the Wall Street Journal online on August 17 “To control mosquitoes that carry West...

How the low carbon economy can improve health

April 5, 2012 - ...in three of these interlinked processes: climate change, rate of biodiversity loss, and the nitrogen cycle. For some others the boundaries are being approached and without decisive action they are likely to be exceeded in the foreseeable future. Despite scientific uncertainties it is clear that humanity can only flourish within finite ecological limits. The article goes on to discuss: • Health benefits from low carbon electricity generation • Indoor air pollution • Transport • Agriculture and nutrition • Why health should be taken into account in climate change mitigation strategies It continues online via BMJ. You can read it here....

Become a Member – Join DEA

September 23, 2020 - If you are a medical doctor or student, we’d love you to join us as a member. The more members we have, the bigger our voice and the better we’ll be able to promote health through care of the environment. With your help we can make a difference. Your support will help to… Raise awareness about the importance of a healthy environment to human well being; Combat climate change; Influence public policy; Educate and assist the medical profession to become advocates for a stable climate and healthy environment. Join us and share in the following membership benefits… Connect and network...

Explainer: what is biodiversity and why does it matter?

Explainer: what is biodiversity and why does it matter?

November 7, 2012 - The following article by CSIRO authors, Steve Morton, Andy Sheppard and Mark Lonsdale appeared originally at the Conversation and appears here under a Creative Commons licence. The authors outline the importance of biodiversity for all life on earth and emphasise the importance of science now informing policy in Australia to address current and future threats to biodiversity on our continent. Biodiversity is crucial to health- DEA has recently updated our Forests policy to reflect the value of these particular ecosystems. See https://dea.org.au/images/general/DEA_Policy_on_Forests_and_Health_03-12.pdf for more information. By Steve Morton, CSIRO; Andy Sheppard, CSIRO, and Mark Lonsdale, CSIRO “Why should I care...

iDEA 2021- it’s a wrap!

November 12, 2021 - iDEA2021: Planet Health and Hope was an exciting, motivating conference, held online on 16 to 17 October 2021.  This was DEAs annual conference, and this year it marked the 20th anniversary of DEA as an organisation. DEA started with six doctors talking about the links between climate and health, and now 20 years later we are hosting a conference with national and international speakers that served to galvanise the need for climate action in our country. From little things big things grow! iDEA2021 assessed the current state of climate and health on our planet and then looked at ways that...

Get Involved

March 20, 2017 - There are many ways you can get involved with DEA. Join to Become A Member The best first step is to become a member of DEA. Membership is open only to medical doctors and students. The more members that we have, the bigger our influence on the issues that matter. Make a Donation Donating to DEA is a quick and easy process with our online donation form. Every donation counts and is open to anyone. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible, and will greatly assist in everything that we aim to achieve. If you are looking to leave a legacy...

The World’s Worst Toxic Pollution Problems 2011

December 9, 2011 - Recommended reading and good reference source This report from the Blacksmith Institute in partnership with Green Cross Switzerland is an excellent resource. Reports from NGO’s are vital because government reports are often manipulated. For example in the case of reports from FAO submitted information from government is politically orientated to account for funding need Read the online PDF [76p.] at: http://bit.ly/vqw39O The 2011 “top ten” and “toxic twenty” list is limited by several factors. First, and most importantly, the pollutants discussed within this report are those identified and deemed most relevant and urgent in terms of their toxicity and impacts...

Renew Economy: Santos must come clean on methane and accept its responsibilities to human health

April 6, 2020 - ...disrupting potential known to be present in wastewater as well as air as a result of mining operations. Some health professionals, including DEA member Dr Graeme McLeay and Honorary DEA member Prof Melissa Haswell, who were present at the online meeting,  presented some crucial questions.  Those by Prof Haswell were not addressed by Santos and can be found HERE. Santos is in denial over the scientific findings. However as the title of this oped states: Santos must come clean on methane and accept its responsibilities to human health. The full article is published in Renew Economy on 6 April 2020. Dr David Shearman...

Crikey clarifier: how is CSG extraction regulated?

August 30, 2011 - This article was originally published online at Crikey and appears here with permission. Crikey intern Clare O’Meara writes: The debate between farmers and miners over coal seam gas (CSG) rages on. The Greens are siding with the farmers. So too is Tony Abbott. But this unlikely alliance is not the only confusing aspect of this issue. One of the main points of contention is exploration rights and the power of the coal industry over the liquid natural gas (LNG) industry. Paramount in understanding the farmers versus miners debate is determining just which legal act actually covers CSG extraction. Each state...

State and Territory Committees

September 20, 2021 - ...Co Chair: Rou Li Co Chair: Jasveen Kaur Tasmania Committee Details Meetings: 1st Wednesday of every month 7pm (ADST), Online Points of interest: – Education and promotion of the link between climate change and health – Celebration and appreciation for we are nature and nature is us Subgroups Child health Mental health Sustainable healthcare For further details on the Tasmanian committee please contact: deatasmania@dea.org.au or via the Facebook group. Victoria Chair: Katherine Barraclough. Katherine is also a member of DEA’s Board. Secretary: Kristen Pearson The Victorian committee is made up of 26 medical practitioners and students residing in Victoria. For...

Climate science is not about ‘belief’: Chief Scientist

Climate science is not about ‘belief’: Chief Scientist

September 2, 2012 - ...and 12 students that last year found only 4% of those surveyed thought science was ‘almost always’ useful in everyday life. Professor Chubb also said the government has not supported science teachers well enough in the past, and he would like to see more funds directed at professional development, with a focus on content development, not just pedagogy. The Royal Society of Victoria, through its “Science and my world” program, is planning to develop a range of online science materials pitched at children and primary school teachers to use in follow-up to community science events.   This article was originally...

A message to DEA student members

July 4, 2006 - ...* helping with website development, particularly posting material of interest to medical students, contributing to online discussions and opinions. * assisting with administrative tasks such as database development and updating. * contributing to DEA policy document development * working to identify and develop “health and environment“ educational projects that DEA can undertake * notifying the committee of local environmental issues that have a health focus. * providing feedback on the current directions and effectivenes of DEA * Collaborating with other like minded students to raise the profile of environmental health education in medical schools. * Share stories of on-campus actions...

DEA welcomes Denise Cauchi OAM as Executive Director

November 20, 2019 - ...in advocacy, campaigning, strategy and organisational management, plus my understanding of how a group of committed people can bring about social change. It is such a privilege to come on board DEA at this time, when the voices of doctors need to be heard loudly and clearly so that government, the private sector and the Australian public can understand the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation on our health. I look forward to working with you all, and meeting as many of you as possible over the next weeks and months, both in person and online. Warm regards Denise...

High value health care is low carbon health care

February 7, 2022 - ...can institute training schemes and support clinical sustainability fellows to advance better value, low carbon health care. A model where registrars divide their time between their clinical role and sustainability projects is operating successfully in the United Kingdom (https://sustainablehealthcare.org.uk/who‐we‐are/fellows‐and‐scholars). At the micro level, individual clinicians can demonstrate local leadership by recognising the footprint of low value care and refusing to provide it, acting as a role model to those around them. Alexandra L Barratt, Katy JL Bell, Kate Charlesworth and Forbes McGainMed J Aust 2022; 216 (2): 67-68. || doi: 10.5694/mja2.51331. Published online: 7 February 2022 Read more in MJA Share this...

Fears over gas drilling more than hot air

February 23, 2011 - ...a Federal Government report from its Science, Engineering and Innovation Council indicating that Australia could become a net importer of food, if as seems inevitable the country’s population continues to grow and climate change cuts agricultural production. Furthermore, why such alacrity in signing off on $30 billion of projects in the face of concerning reports of the medical dangers, both existing and projected, of this technology leading to the demand for a moratorium in several regions of the USA? ……continued at ABC Online’s The DRUM – Unleashed. For more on this topic, see 4 corners or this previous DEA article....

Time to Clear the Air

April 27, 2011 - The following is an extract from the original article, which appears online at climatespectator. Earlier this month, Kevin Rudd took a tour of diplomats around his state to tell them Queensland was open to business after recent weather events. Present were many foreign media representatives. Urs Walterlin of Germany’s largest daily financial newspaper, Handelsblatt said: “We are here in a beautiful state that lives off tourism, has one of the biggest natural wonders, the Barrier Reef, which is affected by climate change. On the same token, Queensland is the biggest exporter of coal which of course is a major contributor...

Australia’s dietary guidelines and the environmental impact of food “from paddock to plate”

January 28, 2013 - ...on the sustainability of food systems, which flagged that future dietary guidelines would probably have a greater emphasis on sustainability as “the problems caused by non-sustainable systems become more starkly obvious”.3 More recently, the Health Council of the Netherlands developed dietary guidelines from an ecological perspective.4 Even acknowledging the limitations and complexity of the environmental data about minimising the ecological impact of food production in Australia, there is sufficient information to make stronger statements in the dietary guidelines about some key areas: in relation to fish, bottled water and red meat, the evidence is clear……. …..Read the rest online here....