G Blashki

Implications of Climate Change for Health Services in Australia

The aim of this discussion paper is to propose "a framework discussion for consideration by policy makers at Commonwealth, state and local levels in addition to public health professionals, clinicians and aged care service providers who are at the front line of delivery of services." The discussion paper highlights the challenges facing health professionals as: 1) heat stress, exacerbation of heat related chronic conditions 2) infectious diseases (for example, possible expansion of dengue fever 3) food and water borne diseases 4) increased extreme weather events (floods, storms, fires)