The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has joined the Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA), in pursuit of sustainable healthcare for future generations of physiotherapists and patients.
APA National President Scott Willis said that the APA supports CAHA’s vision and looks forward to working with others in the health sector to achieve climate action and sustainable healthcare.
“The APA recognises that climate change is a determinant of health and by joining CAHA, commits to participating in discussion and policy development on the issue of climate and health,” Mr Willis said.
“The APA is thrilled to be a member of the Climate and Health Alliance and contribute to global efforts to address the world’s most pressing issue.
“Climate change is the greatest global health threat we will face, impacting our patients’ health both directly and indirectly.
“The cost of not acting against climate change and air pollution is significant for our health and the health of future generations.
“As health professionals, physiotherapists know we have an obligation to protect and advocate for the health of our members, their families, their patients and for the community, and that we have a significant role to play in reducing Australia’s total carbon footprint.
“This partnership is one step in the right direction to reduce carbon emissions and support climate actions that reflect this.
“Addressing climate change through immediate actions on emissions reduction and mitigation strategies is a national and global priority,” Mr Willis said.
CAHA is a coalition of health care organisations, research and academic institutions and health consumers who work together to see the threat to human health from climate change and ecological degradation addressed through prompt policy action.
According to CAHA, 86 per cent of health professionals surveyed think climate change is a serious problem requiring action.
For more information on the Climate and Health Alliance visit their website.
Scott Willis is available for further comment.
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Tel: 03 9092 0876