Join our range of health system researchers for Global Climate Week to discuss how climate health and justice intersect.
- In seeking solutions, we must consider how colonial ideologies and practices around climate change can impact on our peoples. As Rhys Jones wrote, “It is not possible to understand and address climate-related health impacts for Indigenous peoples without examining this broader context of colonial oppression, marginalisation and dispossession.” Read more from Dr. Veronica Matthews
- Improving population health must comprise working closely with other sectors, embedding health decisions at all levels. Ensuring processes within governments can enable valuable inter-sectoral collaboration (health with the environment, for example) are in place that important population health decisions are recognised, embedded and implemented. Learn about some of Prof. Sharon Friel’s health projects
- Estimated at 7% of Australia’s total carbon emissions,(8) the carbon footprint of Australian healthcare is substantial. This is largely attributable to public and private hospitals’ reliance on emissions-intensive procurement, fossil fuel-based energy supply and pharmaceuticals. Read the full report
The panel will be chaired by Prof. Kathryn Bowen, Deputy Director Melb Climate Futures and Professor of Environment, Climate and Global Health, University of Melbourne, Australia
- Dr Veronica Matthews | University of Sydney Veronica is a proud Quandamooka woman, passionate about health of Country and wellbeing of community. Her work centres Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of thinking and being, taking a holistic view of health systems that encompass connections to community, culture and Country.
- Dr. Rob Manteaw | University of Ghana I am an interdisciplinary scholar whose scholarship converges at the intersections of contemporary sustainable development thinking and practice. My works transcend both the social and natural sciences with a view to exploring and mobilizing relevant evidence as knowledge to inform policy and practice in diverse contexts and at multi-scales.
- Prof. Sharon Friel | Australian National University Australia Sharon Friel is an ARC Laureate Fellow, Professor of Health Equity and Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Governance at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), Australian National University. Her interests are in the political economy of health equity; governance related to the social determinants of health inequities; trade and investment, food systems, urbanisation, climate change.
- Ms. Rhiannon Osborne | Cambridge University I’m a 24 year old student doctor, climate & health justice activist, and researcher in health inequalities. I lead local, national and international work on equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, the intersection of planetary and human earth, and health economics. My previous work spans a variety of global health focussed organisations in the UK, Geneva, India and Zambia and my experience includes health programme design; COVID-19 response management; tuberculosis research and policy application; youth mobilisation and advocacy; and climate change policy-making.
- Prof. Eugenie Kayak | University of Melbourne Australia Professor Kayak is a consultant anaesthetist at Austin and Alfred Health. For over a decade she has been a leader and champion for sustainable healthcare, working with Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA), her own specialty, the AMA and wider medical profession to raise awareness of, and address, healthcare’s carbon footprint and environmental impact. Professor Kayak is presently Convenor of DEA’s national Sustainable Healthcare Special Interest Group and is a past DEA Board member and co-chair.
- Prof. Deborah McGregor | York University Professor McGregor’s research has focused on Indigenous knowledge systems and their various applications in diverse contexts including water and environmental governance, environmental justice, forest policy and management, and sustainable development.
Global Climate Change Week (GCCW) is an annual event currently hosted by the University of Tasmania, Australia, that encourages academic communities – including faculty, students, professional staff working with local municipalities – to mobilise for climate action.
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United for Climate Action, Prof Fred Gale and Dr. Kim Beasy for the Global Climate Change Week team