National Climate Change Adaptation Research Plan
NCCARF developed a National Climate Change Adaptation Research Plan (NARP) for Human Health in 2009 to identify research required to provide decision makers within government, industry and communities with the information they need to effectively respond and adapt to the impacts of climate change on human health.
This NARP was updated in 2012 to reflect the contribution of new research to practitioner knowledge needs, as well as the evolving requirements of practitioners.
Climate change poses direct and indirect risks to human health. Direct risks include physical injury and deaths arising from extreme events such as bushfires, floods and heat waves. Indirect risks include geographic shifts in the range of infectious diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, and mental and physical health consequences from social and economic disruption and dislocation due to prolonged drought.
The development of the Plan was led by the following writing team:
- Prof AJ McMichael (ANU) (Chair)
- Dr Haylee Weaver (ANU)
- Dr Helen Berry (ANU)
- Dr Paul Beggs (Macquarie)
- Prof Bart Currie (Menzies School of Health Research)
- Dr John Higgins (DCC)
- Prof Brian Kelly (Newcastle)
- Prof Jan McDonald (NCCARF)
- Dr Tharman Saverimuttu (DCC)
- Prof Shilu Tong (QUT)