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August 12, 2016 - 1. Name The name of the Association shall be Doctors for the Environment (Australia) Inc hereinafter called “the Association”. 2. Objects The objects of the Association shall be: (a) To conserve and restore the natural environment because of its relationship to and impact on human health. (b) To work towards sustainable development which meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. (c) To alert doctors and the public on the health effects of environmental degradation locally and worldwide using the best available scientific evidence and the precautionary principle....

iDEA 2021: Planet Health and Hope

July 22, 2021 - – Registrations are now open for iDEA 2021: Planet, Health and Hope. Click here to secure yourself a ticket. iDEA 2021: Planet, Health and Hope, will provide you with an honest appraisal of the  climate crisis from scientific, medical, cultural and political perspectives.  The conference will also focus on solutions: offering treatment pathways that offer ways to combat planetary health problems, as well as providing psychological approaches to support attendees.  You can expect to learn about health-based approaches, as well as solutions from other sectors— things like carbon drawdown technologies, engineering and legal solutions. Further details about sessions, speakers and what else...

Forget Bush for the moment, let’s worry about China!

December 9, 2007 - Forget Bush for the moment, let’s worry about China! The frustrations with George Bush’s obstructionism on climate change have tended to dominate thinking in recent years. We have overlooked his main competitor, China. Perhaps the only positive news on this problem is that Mr Rudd speaks Mandarin and some news reports might indicate that his acceptance by Chinese leaders may facilitate dialogue. China has huge environmental problems. China requested a study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development The report says that unless pollution is controlled by 2020, it will cause 600,000 premature deaths in urban areas and 20...

Scientific Advisory Committee

October 6, 2020 - Experts from across the medical and environmental fields, our Scientific Advisory Committee lend their voices and expert knowledge to Doctors for the Environment Australia. These voices support our goal of using our leadership, medical expertise and compelling scientific evidence to demonstrate the important health benefits of clean air and water, biodiverse natural places, stable climates and sustainable health care systems. ​ Please use the Contact Us page if you would like to contact any of our Scientific Advisory Committee, Board Members, or Administrative Staff. Prof Stephen Boyden AM Read biography From 1949 to 1965 Professor Stephen Boyden AM carried...

After Hours Webinar Series

March 29, 2021 - The After Hours is a webinar series all about climate change and human health. Each month, we’ll bring you a new session that will focus on one specific aspect of the relationship between climate change and human health—and what health professionals can be doing about it. Each episode is delivered by a leading health expert in the relevant field. Joining the live audience is free and all are welcome. Recordings of each session will be posted here as well. If you’re a doctor, After Hours sessions are an activity accredited by the RACGP and ACRRM. Attendants of the webinars...

How Peak Oil will affect Health Care

July 6, 2008 - by Stuart Jeffery This is a fascinating article and I recommend all DEA members to read it-Editor. This article is reproduced under Creative Commons conditions We acknowledge the author Stuart Jeffery and Journal the International Journal of Cuban Studies, volume 1 issue 1 2008 under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivative 3.0 Licence; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ (http://www.cubastudiesjournal.org/issue-1/viewpoint/how-peak-oil-will-affect-health-care.cfm) Summary This paper explores the concept of peak oil, its relationship to health care in the UK and suggests that the Cuban model of health care may provide a framework for future UK health care provision. The rate of extraction of oil is reaching a...

Hope is not a method – we must act now to decarbonise the health sector

April 21, 2022 - Are we able to reimagine a world where clean air, water and food are available to all? Where economies are focused on health and well-being? Where cities are liveable and people have control over their health and the health of the planet?’ Written by Dr Rebecca Patrick and DEA’s Victorian Chair, Dr Mike Forrester (Barwon Health) for Deakin University’s Institute for Health Transformation. Read original blog post. So let’s reimagine… How could we live, teach, provide healthcare and develop research in a more sustainable or even a regenerative way? The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, the findings...

Media release: Australia’s peak medical groups unite for a climate-focussed healthy recovery from COVID-19

August 11, 2020 - Joint letter from DEA, AMA, RACGP, RACP, ACEM, RANZCP, RANZCOG, ACRRM, CICM, and AMSA to Prime Minister Scott Morrison Australia’s peak medical groups, representing around 90,000 or 75% of the nation’s doctors have today written to Prime Minister Scott Morrison urging him to act on climate change as part of the COVID-19 pandemic economic response, in order to better invest in Australians’ health. Coordinated by Doctors for the Environment Australia, the signatories to the letter represent the nation’s GPs, emergency room doctors, physicians, obstetricians, psychiatrists and other disciplines. Many of these professionals are on the frontline of the coronavirus...

The Population Bomb Revisited – by Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich

July 13, 2009 - The Population Bomb Revisited – by Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich co-authored The Population Bomb in 1968. Abstract The Population Bomb has been both praised and vilified, but there has been no controversy over its significance in calling attention to the demographic element in the human predicament. Here we describe the book’s origins and impacts, analyze its conclusions, and suggest that its basic message is even more important today than it was forty years ago. It has now been forty years since we wrote The Population Bomb (Ehrlich 1968). The book...

UN Convention Recognises GM Tree Threat

June 1, 2006 - This article can be found on the I-SIS website at http://www.i- sis.org.uk/UNCRGETT.php UN Convention Recognises GM Tree Threat Why there should be a moratorium on GM trees. Sam Burcher ISIS Press Release 30/05/06 The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) passed a formal declaration at its Eighth Conference of the Parties (COP-8) in Curitiba, Brazil on 31 March 2006 to recognize the threats posed by genetically modified (GM) (same as genetically engineered (GE)) trees, and urging all countries to approach the technology with caution [1]. This important declaration came in support of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) call for...

Transgenic Pea that Made Mice ill

December 16, 2005 - ISIS Press Release 28/11/05 Immune Reactions to Transgenic Protein Serious. Independent Scientists Demand A Ban on GM Food & Feed while All GM Crops Are Tested. The following memo and report were sent to international and national regulators on behalf of the Independent Science Panel. From: Dr. Mae-Wan Ho, member of Independent Science Panel (www.indsp.org), Director, Institute of Science in Society (www.i-sis.org.uk) Immunological assessments carried out for the first time on a transgenic protein revealed that post-translational processing subsequent to gene transfer into an alien species introduced new antigenicities that turned a previously harmless protein into a strong immunogen....

Board

August 12, 2016 - Our Board is comprised of members who are dedicated to the values and mission, ‘protecting health through care of the environment’, of Doctors for the Environment Australia. Providing expertise in a variety of fields, they govern the organisation and work with the Executive Director to ensure the organisation is equipped to meet its goals. Please use the Contact Us page if you would like to contact any of our Board Members, Scientific Advisory Committee or Administrative Staff. Dr John Van Der Kallen Chair Read biography John Van Der Kallen FRACP is a Rheumatologist in Newcastle. John grew up in Sydney and graduated from...

Argentina’s Roundup Human Tragedy

November 17, 2010 - Argentina’s Roundup Human Tragedy We thank the Institute of Science in Society Sustainability http://www.i-sis.org.uk for permission to publish Ten years of GM soy and glyphosate poisoning have escalated the rates of cancer and birth defects. Claire Robins GM soy a death sentence for humans and the environment Argentina has become a giant experiment in farming genetically modified (GM) Roundup Ready (RR) soy, engineered to be tolerant to Roundup, Monsanto’s formulation of the herbicide glyphosate. The Argentine government, eager to pull the country out of a deep economic recession in the 1990s, restructured its economy around GM soy grown for export,...

Behind the Seams: who’s asking questions about coal seam gas and health?

March 15, 2012 - by David Shearman and Marion Carey, of Doctors for the Environment Australia from Crikey March 8, 2012 http://www.crikey.com.au/2012/03/08/behind-the-seams-whos-asking-questions-about-coal-seam-gas-and-health/ We thank the Editor of crikey for permission. Almost a quarter of the disease burden and deaths in the world can be attributed to environmental factors. We need clean air and water, and safe food to maximise our health at the most basic level. No matter how we try to deny it, damage to the environment often ends up being reflected in our health. Any major new development therefore should ensure human health is protected. But is this the case with a...

Climate change and health: preparing for unprecedented challenges

December 14, 2007 - Dr Margaret Chan Director-General of the World Health Organization This was the 2007 David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture, Bethesda, Maryland, USA A look at reality of climate change I will address the reality of climate change. I will base my remarks on conclusions set out in the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, issued last month. I will consider what a vast body of evidence has to say about the health implications of specific climate-related changes projected in that report. I will interpret these implications in terms of the current drive to accelerate health...

Toward a Mercury Treaty that protects public health: A health sector platform

May 27, 2010 - This proposed Treaty is promoted by four organisations of Which the Internatioanl Society of Doctors for the Environment (ISDE) is one. ISDE is DEA’s parent body. I remind you that by being a member of DEA you are part of in international organisation which works on a whole range of health issues. Furthermore this particular initiative is highly relevant to two DEA initiatives. In greening hospitals and clinics we must note proposals which we can all pursue in our own work places. In our “Coal is a Health Hazard” initiative we can recognise and educate on the role of...

Curtin: Take strong climate action this election

February 17, 2022 - Perth (Curtin) doctors and medical students demand climate action now From Cairns to Curtin, Bondi to the Alice, Glenelg to Cottesloe; DEA members and Friends of DEA have been meeting with their members of Parliament and candidates. They are seeking an ambitious national plan to cut climate pollution this decade, the establishment of a national Sustainable Healthcare unit, a national climate change and health strategy, along with the protection and restoration of nature. “Climate change is the biggest health challenge of the 21st century. We must do all we can to mitigate the current and future health crisis. The...

Wind Turbine Syndrome: mass hysteria in the 21st Century?

June 8, 2012 - We thank Simon Chapman and Climate Spectator for permission to publish The patients suffered from nervous excitability, with buzzing noises in the ear, giddiness, and neuralgic pains … in some cases …objective lesions, such as a subinflammatory condition of the membrane tympani … All the trouble speedily vanishes if the ear is allowed a sufficient measure of physiological rest; this it can only obtain by the cause of the evil being withdrawn. The victims … seem all to be of markedly nervous organization, and the moral may be drawn that such persons should not use the telephone. British Medical Journal,...

Mining is digging the heart out of conservation covenants

May 30, 2012 - We thank the authors Vanessa Adams and Katie Moon and the Conversation for permission to publish under creative commons This is an issue of great concern to DEA; it is perhaps the reflection of the immaturity of a society when the right to mine overrides some of the fundamentals for human health. Human dependence on biodiversity is built into our submissions to governments. In the article on Covenants the Bimblebox Nature Refuge is mentioned. In its submission on the EIS for Mr Palmer’s Waratah Coal’s proposed Galilee Coal Project, we said “this loss (of the refuge) would be of remnant...