In June 2023 the Department of Health announced the commencement of a consultation on development of Australia’s first National Health and Climate Strategy, in recognition of the urgent need to:
- reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the health system, and
- strengthen the resilience of the health system and communities to anticipate and respond to the health impacts of climate change.
Research Australia’s submission addresses many of the questions contained in the discussion paper, and proposes the creation and funding of a Centre for Sustainable Healthcare Innovation, to support the identification and develop of mitigation measures.
The Government published its National Health and Climate Strategy on 3 December 2023.