Climate Change and Australia's Healthcare Systems

The Climate and Health Alliance has worked with partners at Monash University and the University of Melbourne to develop a report for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians on Climate Change and Australia's Healthcare Systems.

The report is made up of a literature review, policy and institutional analysis, a series of case studies, and an economic analysis.

Based on the findings of these different components, the report made a number of recommendations. The recommendations include the need to:


  1. Implement and fund a coordinated national strategy on climate change and health.
  2. Commit to delivering net zero healthcare by 2040.
  3. Invest in climate health vulnerability and capacity assessments with a focus on locally-led planning.
  4. Establish a dedicated climate health resilience research fund to support innovation and evidence-based action.
  5. Develop climate health capacity in the healthcare workforce and the wider health system.
  6. Embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge and leadership in all climate health policy and action.
  7. Invest in prevention and early intervention as a key element of climate health action.

The full report can be found here.