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Climate change and primary healthcare: towards better health impact assessments

conference contribution
posted on 2023-05-24, 10:57 authored by Bell, EJ, Nicholas TowleNicholas Towle
Over 1000 papers have been written about the health effects of climate change which is acknowledged to be one of the greatest health threats of the 21st Century.1 Australia is one of the world¡¯s most climate©\vulnerable developed countries. Tasmania has led the nation in loss of farm income due partly to drying conditions2 with anecdotal evidence from primary health care practitioners of health impacts. While recent years have seen the emergence of promising new models for conducting climate change health impact and risk assessments at regional©\level,3©\7 to date these have not well captured health practitioner assessments of risks, impacts and appropriate adaptations, including in affected rural communities. This research aims to explore internationally relevant methods for developing regional©\level responses to the health effects of climate change, and what general practitioners (GPs) might contribute to such impact and risk assessment exercises.


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11th National Rural Health Conference proceedings


National Rural Health Alliance




School of Health Sciences


National Rural Health Alliance

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Western Australia

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National Rural Health Conference

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Perth, Western Australia

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Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified

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