Heatwaves are responsible for more deaths than any other natural disaster. Among health workers, heat is known as the silent killer. Climate Change has been declared a health emergency by doctors all over the world.
Dr. Helen Redmond explains why climate change is a health problem, and what YOU can do to stay healthy! Helen Redmond is a rehabilitation medicine physician based in Sydney. As well as her clinical role helping patients recover from illness and injury, she volunteers for public health advocacy group Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA).
For the last 10 years she has spoken out on behalf of the DEA for the protection of our health through care for the environment, raising awareness of the health impacts of fossil fuels and climate change to community and professional audiences, as well as to politicians and government. In particular she has given voice to the health impacts of coal seam gas mining, helping communities successfully resist the establishment of the industry in NSW. Her current role in DEA is as convenor of their Divestment group, which is engaging with superannuation funds, banks and other large investors regarding healthy sustainable investments. Aside from this, one of her favourite roles is as conjoint lecturer at the University of NSW, teaching Environmental Health to medical undergraduates.
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