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Climate Health - AFMW Climate Health Action Group (CHAG)

Climate Action

The Australian Federation of medical Women see Climate Action as the greatest health opportunity to prevent premature deaths, address climate and health inequity and unlock substantial health and economic benefits.

To this effect, AFMW is one of 58 member organisations to have co-signed the letter addressed and sent to the Prime Minister on 30th April 2021, urging him to commit to:

  1. Including health in our official Paris Agreement contribution
  2. Decarbonising health by 2040
  3. Enact a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Wellbeing.

AFMW CHAG Vision

  • Advocate for awareness of Climate Change and its gendered impacts
  • Encourage membership participation in Climate Change advocacy at local, state, national and international levels
  • Recommend doctors and hospitals decarbonize their practices and hospitals by 2040
  • Unify the voice of medical women to collectively pressure governments locally, nationally and internationally
  • Conduct research on climate change and health effects on women and children through our affiliations
  • Reflect on indigenous knowledge of land and health and incorporate these messages

Climate Health & CHAG Articles

Resource - Reducing Single-use Plastics in Healthcare
Climate Health
 Dr Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

Reducing SUP in health – Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA)

Another good resources from from our friends at CAHA (Climate and Health Alliance) – a resource for healthcare workers on how to reduce single use plastics in healthcare!. They have also summarised into a one page fact sheet. CAHA! They’re doing the work for so many of us. We just need to apply these recommendations.

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Climate Change is a Health Crisis Health Messages from the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report on Climate Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability
Climate Health
 Dr Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

Climate Change is a Health Crisis – Health Messages from the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (CAHA)

This briefing document prepared by CAHA (Climate and Health Alliance) provides a summary of the key findings related to health and wellbeing from the February 2022 IPCC report. The CAHA report “Climate Change is a Health Crisis – Health Messages from the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report on Climate Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability” can be accessed here.

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Large scale media coverage of AGL Electricity protest re climate change
Climate Health
 Dr Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

Advocacy makes a difference in spreading awareness

The recent demonstration where Doctors, Nurses Staged An AGL Climate Protest, received widespread media coverage. A media report collating coverage suggest that the audience reach for the TV and radio segments was around 250,000 people! See the coverage list.

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AGL Electricity protest re climate change
Climate Health
 Dr Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

Doctors, nurses stage AGL climate protest

I was interviewed at the Healthy Futures demonstration outside the AGL offices today, where dozens of health workers, doctors and nurses called for AGL  to cease mining coal and transition to renewable clean energy by 2030. AGL’s current plan is to make this transition by 2048 which is in contrast to the IPCC, COP26 & WHO recommendations. 

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10 ways to act on Climate
Climate Health
 Dr Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

10 ways to act on Climate

Here is a short guide to acting on climate change as a health professional, in your community and as an individual. Source and pdf download by Climate and Health Alliance.

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Magdalena Simonis, Chair AFMW Climate Health Action Group (CHAG)
AFMW
 Dr Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

AFMW Announces Our Climate Health Action Group (CHAG) [UPDATED]

UPDATE. New members to the AFMW CHAG welcome PLUS discover 6 Practice Tips to help decarbonize our planet. The AFMW is proud to be a member of the Better Futures Australia Health Working Group, which includes representatives from Doctors for the Environment Australia, Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association, NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association, and Climate and Health Alliance.

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Interested Members Welcome

Members of The Health Working Group, Better Futures Australia

Other interested members from Australian states and territories are welcomeI invite members from each state and territory to join the AFMW Climate Health Action Group, promote the AFMW actions agreed upon and  and represent their state activities.

We need Climate Health Action Group members and champions for the cause in each state.

Please contact A/Prof Magdalena Simonis, AFMW president and Chair AFMW Climate Health Action Group (CHAG) via [email protected].

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