Environmental health: How climate change affects health and healthcare
On-demand recorded 29 Oct 2020
This webinar explores how climate related environmental changes translate into both direct impacts, from heat exposure and extreme weather events, through to broader changes to the underlying determinants of health, including changes to air quality, disease transmission pathways and the environmental services that we rely on.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is necessary if we are to avoid increasingly unmanageable health impacts and this webinar will explore the numerous and significant health ‘co-benefits’ that can be gained though mitigation.
Mental health can also be impacted by environmental changes, and this significant and long-term consequence can lead to increased pressure on the provision of healthcare services. Understanding these environmental-health links is key to being prepared for the unavoidable conditions GPs will have to navigate as healthcare practitioners, and recognising how to adapt to maintain resilience in the health sector.
This webinar explores the physical and psychological impacts of climate change and climate related environmental changes, including how this can affect your patients, as well as your practice.
This webinar covers preventative health interventions, understanding medical conditions that are sensitive to changes in climate and the tools to implement effective environmental health practices as part of your daily processes.
- Recognise the existing and potential physical and psychological impacts of climate change.
- Identify the patient who is potentially vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change.
- Outline the key links between preventative health interventions and environmental sustainability.
- Improve your recognition and management of medical conditions that are sensitive to changes in our climate.
- Develop and implement effective environmental health practices as part of your daily procedures.
Dr George Crisp
GP and WA Chair, Doctors for the Environment, Australia