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Australian medical students to join Global Climate Strikes

Media release

September 17th 2019

The Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) is proudly backing this Friday’s Global Climate Strikes.

Hundreds of medical students will walk out of classes and clinical attachments to draw attention to the health impacts of climate change.

AMSA, which represents Australia’s 17,000 medical students, joins the Australian Medical Association in recognising climate change as a health emergency.

“Australia’s future doctors are extremely concerned about the impacts of climate change on Australians’ health,” AMSA President, Ms Jessica Yang, said.

“Rising heat, extreme weather events, and worsening air pollution are all real health threats our future patients are facing.

“Australia’s future doctors are taking a stand to highlight the urgent need for action on climate change as a medical emergency.

“Medical students highly value their educational opportunities, but consider a climate not in crisis an even more precious resource.”

AMSA has a strong history of advocacy on climate change and health through its AMSA Code Green project. Learn more about AMSA Code Green here.

Media contact:

AMSA 2019 Public Relations Officer

Madeleine Goss