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    Lance Emerson

    I agree on the need for much broader engagement on this issue, and not just from health professionals. As you point out, while the bulk of climate change burden falls on children, most research on climate change and health is not focused on them – its focused on the overall population.

    Work recently undertaken by the National Centre for Epidemiology and Public Health (NCEPH) and The Australian Research Alliance for Children & Youth (ARACY) shows we’ve been pretty slow to identify the particular social, emotional and health impacts of climate change on children. For example, most modelling of the impacts of climate change does not include children, few climate and health models incorporate child vulnerabilities in them, there are very few data sets that measure child wellbeing in depth, and policy responses to climate change in Australia have not been built with a child focus. To cap it all off, the views and interests of children and young people are very rarely seriously considered in crucial climate policy decisions that will ultimately shape their future, despite climate change consistently rating at the top of young people’s concerns in many national surveys.

    Thumbs up for introducing this big, bold systemic public health measure. It’s an important first step. Let’s back it up with ensuring that children and young people are better involved in climate change decisions impacting on them, and ensuring greater investment in understanding specially how climate change will affect children & young people – so that we may better meet their current and future needs.

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    Jenny Haines

    Whatever happens in the world it is always the health professionals that are left to clean up the mess! I agree that health professionals need to be in on this debate. If those population estimates are right there needs to be some profiling done on how health services are going to manage those changes in the population. What should be the aim and the focus of health services over the next century. If there is going to a rise in the morbidity and mortality rate in developed and less developed countries , how are health services to be structured to mangage that effectively? Big questions that need some work done on them for answers – soon.

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    fiona armstrong

    Indeed Jenny. something our federal health department should be doing? Another useful contribution would also be to model the health benefits of climate action, as HEAL and HCWH have done in the EU. Where is the response from the federal health portfolio tho? given this is the biggest threat there is to global public health, our health minister is surprisingly silent on the matter…


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