Australia: Act now on health impacts of climate change: experts
By Darragh O'Keeffe
The Queensland Government’s new Human Health and Wellbeing Climate Change Adaption Plan provides guidance to health, aged care and childcare services on ways to manage the threats that climate changes poses to human health through extreme weather, drought and increased disease outbreaks.
The Public Health Association of Australia says that Queensland’s plan is an example of the type of climate and health strategy “that is currently lacking in Australia at the national level.”
The state plan says that climate change is leading to more intense and frequent extreme events such as heatwaves, storms and floods, which affect human health in a variety of ways.
Many health and wellbeing services are not well prepared to adapt to climate change or respond to the health impacts, it says.