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Climate change and primary health care

Blashki, Grant; McMichael, Anthony; Karoly, David J

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BACKGROUND: Climate change and rising average global temperatures threaten to disrupt the physical, biological and ecological life support systems on which human health depends. OBJECTIVE: This article overviews the evidence for human induced climate change, the predicted health impacts, and the role of primary health care professionals in managing these impacts. DISCUSSION: Climate change has substantial potential health effects. These include heat stress related to heatwaves; injuries related...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorBlashki, Grant
dc.contributor.authorMcMichael, Anthony
dc.contributor.authorKaroly, David J
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T21:57:32Z
dc.identifier.issn0300-8495
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/39822
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND: Climate change and rising average global temperatures threaten to disrupt the physical, biological and ecological life support systems on which human health depends. OBJECTIVE: This article overviews the evidence for human induced climate change, the predicted health impacts, and the role of primary health care professionals in managing these impacts. DISCUSSION: Climate change has substantial potential health effects. These include heat stress related to heatwaves; injuries related to extreme weather events such as storms, fires and floods; infectious disease outbreaks due to changing patterns of mosquito borne and water borne diseases; poor nutrition from reduced food availability and affordability; the psychosocial impact of drought; and the displacement of communities. Primary health care has an important role in preparing for and responding to these climate change related threats to human health.
dc.publisherRoyal Australian College of General Practioners
dc.sourceAustralian Family Physician
dc.subjectKeywords: climate; communicable disease; greenhouse effect; health care delivery; health service; health status; heat injury; human; primary health care; public health; review; Climate; Communicable Diseases; Delivery of Health Care; Greenhouse Effect; Health Servi
dc.titleClimate change and primary health care
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume36
dc.date.issued2007
local.identifier.absfor111706 - Epidemiology
local.identifier.ariespublicationu3962038xPUB184
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationBlashki, Grant, University of Melbourne
local.contributor.affiliationMcMichael, Anthony, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationKaroly, David J, University of Melbourne
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue12
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage986
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage989
dc.date.updated2015-12-09T07:46:22Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-38449098821
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