Welcome to the Climate and Health Alliance

The Climate and Health Alliance is a national charity that is an alliance of organisations and people in the health sector working together to raise awareness about the health risks of climate change and the health benefits of emissions reductions.

LATEST NEWS

Prime Minister Abbott’s refusal to attend UN Climate Summit a risk to national interest

Australian health and medical leaders attending the UN Climate Summit in New York have criticised the Prime Minister Tony Abbott for refusing to attend the meeting.

Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) President Dr Liz Hanna, who is attending the invitation-only meeting in New York representing CAHA’s 27 member groups, said Tony Abbott’s refusal to attend the Summit was “inexcusable”.

“The decision by our Prime Minister not to attend this extremely significant meeting in New York is a slap in the face for the millions of Australians who want effective action on climate change,” Dr Hanna said.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Greening the Healthcare Sector Think Tank 2014

Hosted by Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) and Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) in partnership with Global Green and Healthy Hospitals.

Event Title: ‘The Health Sector as a Leader in Low Carbon Transformation’
When:  Tuesday 14th October 2014

Where: Mater Hospital, South Brisbane

Download the program here: Greening the Healthcare Sector Think Tank 2014 Program

Featuring case studies and experts on the following themes

  • Building healthy and sustainable healthcare infrastructure
  • Waste not – the transformation of disposal in healthcare
  • Lessons from abroad – sustainable healthcare internationally
  • Building a  national and global community for healthy, sustainable healthcare

The Think Tank will be facilitated by leading sustainability educator and consultant Ian McBurney, and will feature snap shot presentations from professionals, followed by engaging and interactive discussions.

Beamed in live from Washington state will be Nick Thorp, Global Community Manager of the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals network. Hear about this rapidly expanding network and the innovative platform that is enabling health and sustainability professionals to connect with one another around the world.

If you are looking for tools and resources to support sustainability initiatives and want to know how to succeed through collaboration with others – look no further!

Registrations now open! Click here to register now.

RECENTLY RELEASED

Joint Statement on Coal and Health

The Climate and Health Alliance and the Climate Council have released a Joint Statement on Coal and Health in response to the Inquiry report from Hazelwood coal mine fire in Victoria, saying:

“Australia’s heavy reliance on coal for electricity generation and massive coal industry expansion present significant risks to the health of communities, families and individuals.”

The Joint Statement calls for: health risks to be considered in all energy policy and investment decisions;  independent air, water and soil quality monitoring at and around every coal mine and power station in Australia; and funding for research into health, social and environmental impacts of coal.

The Joint Statement is accompanied by a Briefing Paper on Coal and Health which outlines the scientific health and medical literature on the impacts on health from the production of coal.

NOW SCREENING

The Human Cost of Power

A new short film,’The Human Cost of Power’,  has been released by the Climate and Health Alliance and Public Health Association of Australia.

The film explores the health and climate impacts associated with the massive expansion of coal and unconventional gas in Australia.

Click here to see the film on YouTube.  

For a copy of the film for a screening in your community or workplace, contact CAHA Convenor Fiona Armstrong convenor@caha.org.au.

RECENT REPORTS

Climate and Health: The Research, Policy & Advocacy Agenda

This report was produced following CAHA’s 2013 national forum to discuss the research, policy and advocacy agenda necessary to protect health from climate change in Australia, and around the world.

Health Implications of Energy Policy

This Briefing Paper outlines the implications for health and well-being from Australian and global energy policy.

Our Uncashed Dividend: The Health Benefits of Climate Action

This joint report from thee Climate and Health Alliance and The Climate Institute  outlines the evidence on the benefits for health from the implementation of strategies to cut greenhouse gas emission.

Greening the Healthcare Sector 2013 Think Tank Report 

This report summarises the latest national Think Tank on sustainability in healthcare,  jointly hosted by Climate and Health Alliance and Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association.

RESOURCES

New Tool for Sustainable Healthcare

Are you part of the Global Green and Health Hospitals Network?

This new tool is available FREE for hospitals and healthcare settings globally.

GGHH has been developed by the Climate and Health Alliance’s  international partner, Health Care Without Harm. 

This network is built around a framework known as the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Agenda, a new tool for health care settings around the world to reduce the environmental footprint of the health sector to improve public environmental health and save money.

For more information, see www.greenhospitals.net or contact CAHA at info@caha.org.au