Background Climate change is now recognised as a global public health problem
and the future medical workforce will be working during a period
when the health impacts of climate change are likely to be significant.
Objective This article discusses the ongoing training on the health impacts of
climate change for the current and future medical workforce.
Discussion The role of medical practitioners in the coming decades will need
to include assisting communities to adapt to changing climatic
conditions, managing climate sensitive illnesses, and contributing
to mitigation efforts to prevent climate change. Climate change
and health should be built into the curricula of Australian medical
schools spanning public health, clinical medicine, preventive health
and global health. We propose a problem based learning approach
to highlight clinical and public health implications, and present two
hypothetical case studies suitable for teaching purposes.
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