Climate Change and Health

Why Climate Change and Health?

Climate change is a health issue. Unchecked climate change threatens to exacerbate food and water shortages, alter the distribution and intensity of climate sensitive diseases, and increase the occurrence of extreme weather events with serious consequences for physical and mental health and wellbeing.

Recognising the health impacts of climate change can no longer be ignored, the College Policy and Advocacy Council has established a Climate Change and Health Working Party to coordinate the RACP’s policy and advocacy work in this area.

The Working Party is updating the RACP’s evidence-based position statement on Climate Change and Health, and will also progress statements on climate change mitigation and a more sustainable health care sector.

Doctors for Climate Action

In the lead up to the UN Climate Change conference COP21, the RACP coordinated an international campaign ‘Doctors for Climate Action’ including a Global Consensus Statement, Act Now to Reduce the Damaging Health Impacts of Climate Change. 

The Statement was endorsed  by 69 health and medical organisations from around the world and a further 1500 doctors, medical professionals and other individuals concerned by the health impacts of climate change signed their names to the calls of the statement. These were presented to Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, at the Climate and Health Summit in Paris alongside COP21.

Recent submissions, positions statement and media

How can I contribute my expertise?

RACP Trainees and Physicians need to see Represent Your Profession or email policy@racp.edu.au or use the online contact form.

Where can I read more?

Read published RACP policies, position statements or submissions by searching the Policy and Advocacy Library or view the latest Policy Submissions.   
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