GPH Supports AMA’s Declaration of Global Warming as a Health Emergency

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September 11, 2019

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Grand Pacific Health’s CEO Ron de Jongh says he supports the Australian Medical Associations warning that climate change could have severe health consequences for vulnerable people in Australia and the Pacific region.

 

The Association accepts the scientific evidence on climate change and its impact on human health and wellbeing and has urged its members to join its appeal to the Federal Government on this issue.

 

CEO Ron de Jongh says the effects of climate change are already being observed and the link between these findings and the risks they present to people’s health is alarming:

“There are concerns that climate change could increase the spread of infectious diseases and rising temperatures could cause heat stress for vulnerable patients.”

“Severe weather events may also put peoples physical and mental health at risk,” added Mr de Jongh.

AMA Doctors are calling on the Federal Government to adopt several measures, including mitigation targets on carbon, and policies that promote the shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

The association also wants the government to promote the health benefits of addressing climate change and establish a body to reduce carbon emissions in the healthcare sector.

It estimates heat stress carries a $616 loss in productivity for every employed Australian, with significant links between exposure to high temperatures and death rates in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

The association has also pointed to a 13.7 per cent increase in dengue-carrying mosquitoes transmitting the disease to Australians between 1950 and 2016.

Health experts have previously warned the number of events like the deadly Victorian asthma thunderstorms in 2016 could increase due to climate change.

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