The Climate and Health Alliance last week released its Draft Framework for the National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being.

The strategy has been developed to support Australia in meeting its obligations under the Paris Agreement (global climate agreement) in relation to ensuring its citizens’ ‘right to health’ in the context of national climate policy, a statement from the alliance said.

It has been formulated through work by a wide range of stakeholders including and inputs from the Discussion Paper: Towards a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being for Australia, Survey of Health StakeholdersHealth Leaders Roundtable, Online Discussion Forum and the World Federation of Public Health Associations Global Climate and Health Policy Survey Report.

The framework sets out to provide a policy framework for government at local, state and federal level to “ensure that the Australian health care sector is resilient and well prepared to protect the health and well-being of Australian communities from the impacts of climate change”.

Seven key areas have been highlighted as areas of action for governments:

Health-Promoting and Emissions-Reducing Policies – policies that reduce the risks to people’s health and well-being while reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Supporting Healthy Communities – enhancing the capacities of communities to anticipate their climate risks and reduce impacts on health and well-being

Education and Capacity Building – educating and raising awareness of the health impacts of climate change among Australian communities and the health workforce

Inter and Intra Governmental Collaboration – establishing effective governance arrangements which facilitate horizontal and vertical collaboration in implementing climate change and health objectives, projects and initiatives

Emergency and Disaster-preparedness – supporting the health care sector in identifying vulnerable populations and infrastructure and in preparing for the impacts of climate change

A Sustainable and Climate-resilient Health Care Sector – a low/zero carbon, environmentally sustainable, climate-resilient health care sector which can effectively respond to the health impacts of climate change

Research – supporting Australia’s health and climate research capacity to evaluate Australia’s specific health threats, priority needs and to monitor trends and opportunities for maximising multi sector benefits

Read the full report here. Public consultation is open until until 7th April.

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