Submission to the Environment and Planning Committee of the Victorian Legislative Assembly

The Environment and Planning Committee of the Victorian Legislative Assembly has called for submissions to an inquiry into the current and future arrangements to secure environmental infrastructure, particularly parks and open space, for a growing population in Melbourne and across regional centres.  DEA strongly endorses the view that the environmental and social conditions in which people live and work are now widely accepted as important determinants of health and illness and that human health must be considered in all policies related to planning environmental infrastructure. Click here for DEA's submission

The Driven: Electric buses and trains are the answer, not more cars

COVID-19  has infected and killed over 500 people in Australia and impacted thousands more. Dr Graeme McLeay and A/Prof Vicki Kotsirilos AM state that there is, however, another silent and largely ignored health hazard, and that is air pollution. Approximately 3,000 premature deaths occur each year as a result of air pollution. About half of these deaths come from transport pollution, with cars contributing the bulk of that.  With Australia’s air quality standards currently under review, we have an opportunity to introduce laws that will substantially improve the air we breathe.  

Submission: A Stronger Tomorrow - State Infrastructure Strategy discussion paper

The Western Australian government recently called for submissions on their A Stronger Tomorrow - State Infrastructure Strategy discussion paper.  DEA supports the concept and proposal of taking a long term and broad approach to infrastructure planning and development starting with an assessment of current infrastructure. Our view as a medical organisation is that health should be a central consideration in planning, development and policy. DEA identified notable health related omissions both in content and methodology in the discussion paper and scenarios. To read DEA's full submission click here

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Transport Pollution

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The Driven: Australian doctors call for better EV policy in wake of WHO air pollution report

Australia has significant pollution levels, and needs to phase out coal and to reform vehicle emissions controls, following the release of a WHO report that highlighted the terrible impacts of air pollution, particularly on children.  DEA's Dr Graeme McLeay told The Driven, that despite the urgency, the ministerial forum on electric vehicles in 2015  has so far lead to “zero action”, and added that something must be done, and soon. 

Senate Select Committee on Electric Vehicles submission

"Electricity is the thing. There are no whirring and grinding gears with their numerous levers to confuse. There is not that almost terrifying uncertain throb and whirr of the powerful combustion engine. There is no water-circulating system to get out of order-no dangerous and evil smelling gasoline and no noise.”  Edison to Ford c1895 

Download the Senate Select Committee on Electric Vehicles submission

Current and future impacts of climate change on housing, buildings and infrastructure submission

….It is also increasingly apparent that, even with a 2°C rise, the world will be greatly changed from present, with economic budgets greatly stressed by reparation of infrastructure and all the pillars of life, water, food, air quality and biodiversity-resilience under stress and facing likely deterioration…..

Study: Walking can save lives and money

Research that Population Health Professor Marj Moodie and I have conducted has found that incidental physical activity from active transport, such as walking to catch the train to work or cycling to the shops, can save lives and money.

Study: Walking can save lives and money

Research that Population Health Professor Marj Moodie and I have conducted has found that incidental physical activity from active transport, such as walking to catch the train to work or cycling to the shops, can save lives and money.

Do We Need Carbon For Transport?

DEA Member Dr Bryan Furnass examines energy sources for transport across the ages, and considers a largely unexplored option: anhydrous ammonia or NH3.

Read more here: Do we need carbon for transport?

Submission to the Senate Inquiry into Public Transport

It is important to be mindful of the fact that our health, physical and mental, is dependent on our environment. There are many and various pathways by which environmental change can and does impact human health in both the short and long term. This includes how we design our built environment, generate energy, organise health services and transport infrastructure; there is also a strong interrelationship between all of these systems.  In particular, urban transport infrastructure and consequently the modes of transport we use, have a range of both direct and indirect health impacts.

Humble pushie beats the car

YEPPOON GP Juerg Draeyer has been practising what he preaches and riding his bicycle to work for the past five years.

Transport and Health Poster

Doctors regularly see the adverse effects of private motor vehicles via patients injured in road traffic accidents. Despite the number of fatalities halving over the last 30 years due to random breath testing and improved road and vehicle design, Australia still recorded 1611 road crash deaths in 2007. (1) It has been predicted that by 2020 traffic accidents will be the third largest cause of global disability adjusted life years lost. (2)



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