Introduction by Croakey: The Healthy Environments And Lives (HEAL) Network is a broad coalition of 100 investigators and organisations that uses diverse methodologies and knowledges to address environmental change and its impacts on health.
According to its website, HEAL focuses on “participatory solutions-driven research that will provide robust scientific evidence to underpin structural policy and practice changes. This evidence should be based on a holistic assessment of costs and benefits, and distributional effects of policies to support long-term solutions”.
The Heal Network collaboration includes government health and environmental authorities, health sector organisations, Indigenous organisations, and data providers to integrate “a complex social, environmental, economic and institutional ecosystem into a cohesive, multidisciplinary research network”.
At a time of rising floodwaters affecting many communities in Australia and elsewhere, and global climate negotiations marked by the power and influence of the fossil fuel industry, it was timely to hear from @HEALenviron when they guest tweeted for Croakey’s rotated Twitter account @WePublicHealth last week, using the hashtag #HealClimate.
A summary follows below, and the Croakey Conference News Service will also be covering the Heal 2022 conference on 23-24 November. Follow #Heal2022 for conference news.
Tweets by the Heal Network:
Read the AHHA publication.
Read the WHO statement. Read the MJA article. Read the Lowitja Institute report. See the new platform. Read the article about Pakistan and floods. See the digital platform mentioned above.
I submitted this poster at the Heal2022 conference
It explains how we could shift from artificial cave health and existence into something more organic, low impact, low cost and smarter.
It is always hard to understand and see potential paradigm shifts but I am doing my best and I am sure others could assist.
I suspect young people and the indigenous communities might be the first to see its potential.
The science to me does not seem to point in any other direction!