MEDIA RELEASE: Prevention Is Better Than the Cure - AMSA Signs on to Climate Change Action
The Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) has joined prominent organisations and members of Australia’s scientific communities supporting the Victorian Climate Change Bill 2016, due to be voted on in Victorian Parliament this week.
AMSA joined the likes of Professor Peter Doherty, Doctors for the Environment Australia and Rural Doctors Association Victoria as signatories to an open letter to the Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Environment Minister, Mary Wooldridge, drawing attention to the key role this legislation will play in enabling effective climate policy in Victoria.
AMSA represents the 17,000 future doctors who will inherit climate change as one of the greatest threats to health in the 21st cCentury. Heat stroke is already Australia’s number one natural killer and, following a week of record-breaking temperatures in parts of Australia, it is an all -too familiar presentation on the wards.
AMSA President, Rob Thomas said, “Environmental factors and health are intrinsically linked. From heatwaves and severe weather events to the shift in profile of infectious diseases, climate change will compound the challenges we face in our medical careers if we do not take sensible action now.
“The Bill sets a long-term reduction target of net zero emissions by 2050 and establishes an adaptable framework to address the risks and impacts of climate change in a manner that is accountable and transparent.
“Actions taken to mitigate climate change have profound health co-benefits, so it is a win-win for a healthier Australia.
“We are hopeful that the Victorian Opposition will act in the interest of Australia’s health by supporting this Bill.
“As is often the case in medicine, prevention is better than the cure. We must actively adapt and minimise the future health consequences that climate change currently threatens us with.”
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Published: 21 Feb 2017