Should you talk with your doctor about climate change? | Helen Redmond | TEDxDarlinghurst

Climate Change has been declared a health emergency by doctors all over the world. Dr Helen Redmond explains in this compelling and inspirational TedxDarlinghurst talk why climate change is a health problem, and what we can do to address it to stay healthy.

#JoinTheCountdown: TedX Darlinghurst! 

We’re thrilled that DEA member Dr Helen Redmond is one of the speakers in the TedX Darlinghurst Countdown in Sydney this Thursday! Helen will be making the link between the climate crisis and its impacts on human health, and highlight that the antidote to worsening global warming is #ClimateActionNow. Get your tickets today!

UPDATED DEA Webinar: Australia’s place in the global loss of biodiversity: inevitability of a degraded future for our children - video link available now

5 June 2020: We are pleased to provide a link to Corey Bradshaw's recent webinar.  The webinar can now be viewed here

Campaigns Committee members : Deadline Extended

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Video launch: Frontline doctors speak out on Covid19 and climate change  

This Doctors for the Environment Australia video, which we have launched today, has a  strong yet clear message: we need to address two emergencies in our midst - Covid19 and climate change . DEA members Drs Kate Ahmad, Trudi Beck, Michelle Hamrosi, Arnagretta Hunter, Kim Loo and  Ingo Weber speak out powerfully and urgently on the challenges we are facing and the actions we need to take to protect our health and survival now and into the future.

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. 

Why would I want to run a marathon?

Medical student Ross Robertson will be running his first ever marathon at the Melbourne Marathon Festival on 13 October! He is putting himself through the hard yards (a gruelling  42.195 km) to raise awareness and funds to support DEA's vital work.  Please support his extraordinary endeavour with a tax deductible donation.

DEA welcomes guest speaker Lizzie O'Shea to this year's AGM social function on 11 October in Melbourne

DEA welcomes members to its Annual General Meeting at 6pm on 11 October in Melbourne. The AGM will be followed by a social function featuring a special presentation by human rights lawyer, media commentator and author Lizzie O’Shea. This special social event is open to all.

Global Climate Strike: Doctors stand 4 future

Doctors will today take to the streets in cities and towns across Australia in support of the anticipated thousands of Australian school students who will miss classes to call for urgent policies to contain climate change, which threatens their future existence if left unchecked. Medical group Doctors for the Environment Australia says climate change is the biggest risk to public health in human history and young people, who are especially vulnerable given their developing bodies and longer life years, have good reason to speak out. 

No Time For Games concludes in Canberra- with a motion in Parliament!

DEA's No Time For Games campaign, which has placed children's health in a changing climate on the national agenda, concluded today at Parliament House in Canberra.  A DEA contingency delivered thousands of pledges as well as endorsements from major medical colleges to the Health Minister Greg Hunt, even though he was unavailable to meet us. The campaign culminated in a parliamentary motion in the House by  Zali Steggall OAM MP and was seconded by Helen Haines MP. The motion recognised that human-induced climate change is one of the biggest and most urgent health threats to children, and calls on the government to decarbonise by 2050 to reduce the intensity and occurrence of extreme weather events. Read the full motion in the Hansard. 

Health professionals call for Greg Hunt to protect children’s health in a changing climate, as Zali Steggall moves a motion in the House

Doctors will today gather at Parliament House, Canberra, to deliver Greg Hunt thousands of pledges from major medical colleges and health professionals demanding urgent action on climate change for the sake of our children. Inside Parliament, Zali Steggall OAM MP will move a motion that supports No Time For Games, a national children's campaign by DEA. The motion, seconded by Helen Haines MP, recognises that human-induced climate change is one of the biggest and most urgent health threats to children, and urges the government to decarbonise by 2050 to reduce the intensity and occurrence of extreme weather events. 

Media Alert:  DEA to deliver pledges to protect children from climate change to Health Minister Greg Hunt, Canberra 

On Monday 16 September, DEA will deliver thousands of pledges calling for immediate bipartisan action on climate change which impacts on children most to the Minister for Health Greg Hunt MP, despite his unavailability to meet them . Speakers at the event outside Parliament House will include Senior Australian of the Year 2019 and Paediatrician Dr Sue Packer OA, Mark Butler MP, Zali Steggall MP and Andrew Wilkie MP. The pledges have been endorsed by The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP), the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM), the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (ACSEP) the Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA), and more than 2000 health professionals, including Professor Fiona Stanley AC. 

iDEA19: “Keeping the Lights On” post conference wrap

Doctors for the Environment Australia were honoured to welcome our colleagues, other health professionals,  climate experts, and guests at this year's  hugely successful iDEA19 conference in nipaluna/Hobart  on 5 -7 April. We came together to address the biggest challenge and opportunity facing humanity today— the impacts of climate change on our health. A major highlight of the conference was the declaration of a climate emergency which sparked national and international interest.

Join us in Hobart for iDEA 2019!

iDEA 2019 Conference 5th-7th April

Join us in Hobart for iDEA, our annual conference!

 Seminar: Where to for health, the Environment and sustainability? 

Are you a doctor who is passionate about health, the environment and sustainability, or are keen to know more? Join us in person or by zoom in Brisbane on Saturday 27 October for our one-day seminar at the University of Queensland. REGISTER NOW!

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.

Media release: Are Australia’s Emergency Response systems prepared for the Climate Emergency?

Immediate Past Vice President of the AMA asks Are Australia’s Emergency Response systems prepared for the Climate Emergency?

Media Release: Doctor training needs to step up on climate change, urge health experts

Universities and professional organisations must better prepare doctors and medical students to deal with the impacts of climate change, urge Australia’s leading medics.

Media release: Healthy planet, healthy people: Leading doctors call for urgent action

Doctors are calling for action on climate change, linking it to conditions such as respiratory diseases and childhood illnesses and also highlighting the need for emergency preparedness.

Fundraising appeal: we need help to grow DEA!

What an exceptional year! Thank you!

ASRC patron Julian Burnside QC, to deliver keynote address following DEA’s 2016 AGM!

National Chair of Doctors for the Environment Australia Professor Kingsley Faulkner and South Australian Secretary Professor John Willoughby are delighted to announce that the patron of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC), QC Julian Burnside, will the keynote address at this year’s cocktail night/fundraiser on Friday the 30th of September in Adelaide.

Thank you to our marathon runners!

iDEA15: it’s a wrap!

“Life On The Run” by Dr Eugenie Kayak in The Magazine Of The Australian Society Of Anaesthetists

Life On The Run”  was reproduced with permission from the Australian Society of Anaesthetists

BOB BROWN is coming to the National iDEA13 Conference in Adelaide

DEA’s annual student-run conference, iDEA, will be held at the University of Adelaide from the 6th – 7th of April, 2013.

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