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Government must address climate change in the upcoming National Preventive Health Strategy

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Rachel Siewert 29 Sep 2020

The Australian Greens strongly support the call from over 30 health groups' for the Government to address climate change in the National Preventive Health Strategy.

"The Strategy's Consultation paper does not include climate change in its six focus areas, nor even mention climate change.

This is simply not good enough," said Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Health.

"Inaction on climate change is having a devastating effect on people's health. Climate change is affecting our health through an increase in infectious disease transmission during extreme weather events and heatwaves, worsening air pollution, higher mortality rates from heat stress, an increased incidence of mental illness.

"We are at a critical juncture both in Australia and around the world, it is urgent that we act to tackle the climate emergency and yet the Government continues to bury it's head in the sand about the impacts of climate change on health.

"We can't afford to let the Government gamble with people's health and wellbeing. "A National Health Preventive Strategy that is fit for purpose in the 21st century must address climate change or it will fail in its objectives."

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