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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 2030
  3. Enact a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Wellbeing.


  • 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

COP28 Health Day for COP28 in Dubai
Climate Health

COP28 Health Day for COP28

Health Day for COP28 is a special event that will take place on December 3, 2023 as part of the COP28 UN Climate Conference in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.

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WONCA World Conference delegates donned green items of clothing in support of a call from doctors ahead of COP 28.
Climate Health
 Associate Professor Magdalena Simonis AM, AFMW Immediate Past President

Doctors send climate change message ahead of crucial UN conference | WONCA & RACGP

At WONCA, representatives from around the world stood in unison, advocating to protect the planet and life of earth. Dr Maria Neira, World Health Organization Director for the Department of Environmental, Climate Change and Health, called climate change ‘potentially the greatest health challenge of the 21st Century’.

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City cat ferry transport on the Brisbane river
 Associate Professor Magdalena Simonis AM, AFMW Immediate Past President

Petition – Decarbonising transport is good for health | CAHA

Health professionals and community members are calling on Australia’s Transport Minister Catherine King to create a healthy transport system. Please read this document and sign the petition our friends at CAHA have issued.

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Dr Anna Seth
 Associate Professor Magdalena Simonis AM, AFMW Immediate Past President

Uplifting video, jobs, volunteering and more | CAHA

Feeling weary regarding the ever present threats of climate change? Here is an excellent post created by a DEA member a couple of years ago which still resonates with me.  And if you are interested in taking a course or being involved in some form of research or volunteering, our friends at Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) have shared a great link.

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silhouette of a small boy next to billowing smoke towers
Climate Health
 Associate Professor Magdalena Simonis AM, AFMW Immediate Past President

WHO’s new online course on air pollution and health for health workers (APHT)

The World Health Organization has developed a free introductory short course for health workers to bring awareness to the health risks associated with air pollution. This four-hour course is a part of a larger resource, the Air Pollution and Health Training Toolkit for Health Workers, set to be released by the end of this year.

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Magdalena Simonis, Chair AFMW Climate Health Action Group (CHAG)
 Associate Professor Magdalena Simonis AM, AFMW Immediate Past 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].

AFMW is a proud member of the Climate and Health Alliance
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