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Melbourne School of Population & Global Health

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The Melbourne School of Population and Global Health (University of Melbourne, Australia) has a strong cohort of interdisciplinary researchers and practitioners working collaboratively with colleagues and external partners to address climate-related health challenges. The School brings extensive knowledge and experience on climate-sensitive diseases and population impacts; healthcare sustainability and decarbonisation; social determinants of health and policy development; disaster recovery and resilience; mitigation, adaptation and climate-resilient health system solutions; and intergenerational justice. Through the Climate Collaborative Action for Transformative Change in Health and Healthcare (CATCH) Lab, they seek to accelerate the University of Melbourne's climate change and human health research, engagement and education for enhanced impact.

Supporting the following commitments:

  • Conduct climate change and health vulnerability and adaptation assessments (V&As) at population level and/or health care facility level.
  • Develop a health national adaptation plan (HNAP) informed by the health V&A, which forms part of the National Adaptation Plan.
  • Use the V&A and HNAP to facilitate access to climate change funding for health.
  • Set a target date by which to achieve health systems net zero emissions (ideally by 2050).
  • Deliver a baseline assessment of greenhouse gas emissions of the health system (including supply chains).
  • Develop an action plan or roadmap by a set date to develop a sustainable low carbon health system (including supply chains).

Country experience:

Commitment 1: Cambodia, Lao PDR, Viet Nam

Commitment 2: Kiribati, Tuvalu Solomon Islands, Vanuatu

Commitment 1, 4-6: Australia


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