The College has endorsed the Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges (CPMC) Climate Change communique.
The CPMC convened a Roundtable forum on Thursday 17 May 2018 inviting discussion on the risks posed by climate change and more frequent and extreme weather events to health and healthcare services across Australia; and the additional burden this places on the sector’s capacity to continue to deliver high quality and sustainable healthcare.
Medical colleges and health organisations have played a critical leadership role in raising awareness of the health impacts of climate change internationally and in Australia and New Zealand, with the Climate and Health Alliance process and release of the National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-Being for Australia and reflections in the Medical Journal of Australia.
CPMC agreed on the need for more sustainable healthcare and evidence based strategies for management of climate change and extreme weather related risks to health and healthcare infrastructure, operations and personnel.
On 27 November 2018, the College supported the No Time For Games campaign launched by Doctors for the Environment in Canberra. ACSEP President Dr Adam Castricum addressed the media at the launch, highlighting the barrier that climate change provides to physical activity and sport participation rates amongst Australian children. Click below for the Children's Health and Climate Change report and for ACSEP's recent media release.
The College encourages all members to support the recent No Time For Games campaign, and sign up to take the pledge to protect children's health in a changing climate.