The DEA Podcast: Body Count with Paddy Manning

The latest edition of DEA's popular podcast is now available! Join hosts Drs Kaiya Ferguson and Karin English talk to author and journalist Paddy Manning about Body Count.  This book  puts a human face on the climate crisis: the personal stories of tragedy and loss, resilience and hope. Body Count features many DEA members!!

Campaigns Committee members : Deadline Extended

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iDEA2020 cancelled due to COVID-19

We are distressed to cancel iDEA2020, however we cannot host an event like this during a global pandemic of this magnitude and risk. We are grateful to our extraordinary speakers, the remarkable organising committee, ANU Climate Change Institute, and to those who have registered for our event.  DEA will offer a refund of the conference fee. 

iDEA19 Conference 2019

Keeping The Lights On

DEA’s annual conference empowers medical professionals and medical students from across Australia and beyond to skill up, get motivated and to address the biggest challenge and opportunity facing doctors today— the human health impacts of the environment and climate change.

Doctors for the Environment Conference: iDEA18

Join us for iDEA18 in Newcastle on Friday 13th - Sunday 15th of April, 2018!

iDEA18 Conference 2018

iDEA is the annual national conference of Doctors for the Environment Australia. Bringing together medical professionals and students from across Australia and beyond, iDEA unites people with one common goal – to address the human health impacts of the environment and climate change.

Happy 10th birthday SA DEA!

As a long-standing DEA SA committee member and former chair about to go on a one-year break, I’d like to reflect on the SA DEA’s extraordinary success since its formation in 2007/8.

Townsville forum: Doctors and nurses speak out on the health effects of Adani’s coalmine

 Organised by members of Doctors for the Environment Australia, this public forum held at James Cook University in Townsville involved doctors, nurses and farmers speaking out on the impacts of the Adani Carmichael mine on health.

DEA’s inaugural photography competition and awards evening

Entries now closed!


Join DEA this Sunday and make solar shine!

Join DEA this Sunday and help us make solar shine!

iDEA 2017: Conference Videos

Miss out on iDEA17? Catch up on some of the highlights by watching videos from the conference.
iDEA17: Global problems. Local solutions.

It’s a wrap – iDEA17

iDEA17 was held in Melbourne April 1st and 2nd.

Fundraising appeal: we need help to grow DEA!

What an exceptional year! Thank you!

Register NOW for iDEA’16!

Book now for iDEA15!

Victorian 2014 State Election

DEA has launched its advocacy platform for the Victorian 2014 election.

iDEA Conference Report 2014

March 2014 saw four hundred doctors, and medical students from all over Australia come together for the iDEA14 conference, Australia’s national climate change and health conference, run by Doctors For The Environment Australia (DEA), to address the health impacts of fossil fuels and anthropogenic climate change.

Victoria’s Energy Future: Prospects and Challenges

Report for DEA on the Royal Society of Victoria two day symposium on “Victoria’s Energy Future: Prospects and Challenges” held October 25-6, 2013. Written by Dr Kristen Pearson

Film review: ‘Chasing Ice’

On November 7th DEA Tasmania held a free community screening of the award-winning documentary ‘Chasing Ice’, at the Cradle Coast Campus of the University of Tasmania in Burnie.

Inaugural Tony McMichael Award Recipient 2013 – David Shearman

DEA Honorary Secretary and founder, Professor David Shearman, was presented with the inaugural Tony McMichael Public Health Ecology and Environment Award (TMPHEEA) at the PHAA annual conference dinner on September 18th before hundreds of guests, including former Health Minister Nicola Roxon.

“Health and the Environment”

Report on the DEA Queensland Seminar 

Reefwalk 2013

10 weeks walking, 1200km from Cairns to Gladstone, along the Great Barrier Reef. This was enough to make me leave my job to see more of our beautiful Australia. Walking pace is the natural human pace. You see so much more when you walk, you dedicate your time. When you are walking, the journey is the destination. We followed the guidance of Footprints for Peace, a global community organisation for events to promote change through peaceful actions.

Visit to Anglesea

DEA Victoria doctors and medical students travelled to Anglesea on Sunday 16 June 2013 to learn more about the open cut coal mine and power station that abuts the local community.  Dr Jacinta Morahan, who is an Anglesea resident, took the members on a tour to the local primary school that lies within close proximity to the mine and to the mine site itself to observe the planned expansion of the mine.

DEA – Do The Math Movie Screening:

At the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, the Accord that was agreed upon by all nations of our planet only contained one number.  This number was 2.  The context of this number was that every country present agreed in principle that climate change must be kept below a rise of 2 degrees centigrade, or we will all face severe and damaging impacts.  Scientists soon calculated that in order to achieve this we must not exceed the overall emissions total of 565 gigatones of CO2, which on the current trends equate to another 15 years of emissions at current increasing rates.  This was disappointing at the time, as it was widely seen as a very weak outcome from a meeting billed to provide the required action on climate change.  Since this conference, things have only become worse.

Goodbye to Arua, Uganda and the population explosion

If you speak to DEA members you find that they are members of many other organisations concerned with the environment, justice, equity, poverty and helping the poor. All these are epitomised by MSF workers.

Doctors Prescribe Bike Riding

Doctors will be cycling through Melbourne this Saturday morning as part of Bicycle Network Victoria’s Ride2Work Day activities.

Port Augusta; the National March and the Alliance Media Launch 12 September

Last year DEA SA released medical data on pollution and ill health in Port Augusta and addressed a community forum in the town.

Workshop Population Health Congress Adelaide Sept 10-12, 2012

Exploring the Health implications of Energy Choices

Wagging for a Workshop

by James Sterrey, medical student at The University of Sydney, and DEA NSW Metropolitan Student Representative

Another hugely successful conference ‘iDEA 2012’

Many medical students enter their course believing they will be able to make a difference to the lives of others. Rarely is this more apparent than at a student conference concerned about the health impacts of climate change.

DEA writes to UNESCO about danger to the Great Barrier Reef

The letter below expresses our concerns over potential pollution from run off from the extensive coal and coal seam gas mining and from the development of large new ports. There have been two developments since the letter was sent which increase our concerns.

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