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Is enough attention given to climate change in health service planning? An Australian perspective

Burton, Anthony John; Bambrick, Hilary; Friel, Sharon

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BACKGROUND Within an Australian context, the medium to long-term health impacts of climate change are likely to be wide, varied and amplify many existing disorders and health inequities. How the health system responds to these challenges will be best considered in the context of existing health facilities and services. This paper provides a snapshot of the understanding that Australian health planners have of the potential health impacts of climate change. METHODS The first author interviewed...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorBurton, Anthony John
dc.contributor.authorBambrick, Hilary
dc.contributor.authorFriel, Sharon
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-14T02:47:52Z
dc.date.available2015-12-14T02:47:52Z
dc.identifier.issn1654-9716
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/95003
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND Within an Australian context, the medium to long-term health impacts of climate change are likely to be wide, varied and amplify many existing disorders and health inequities. How the health system responds to these challenges will be best considered in the context of existing health facilities and services. This paper provides a snapshot of the understanding that Australian health planners have of the potential health impacts of climate change. METHODS The first author interviewed (n=16) health service planners from five Australian states and territories using an interpretivist paradigm. All interviews were digitally recorded, key components transcribed and thematically analysed. RESULTS Results indicate that the majority of participants were aware of climate change but not of its potential health impacts. Despite this, most planners were of the opinion that they would need to plan for the health impacts of climate change on the community. CONCLUSION With the best available evidence pointing towards there being significant health impacts as a result of climate change, now is the time to undertake proactive service planning that address market failures within the health system. If considered planning is not undertaken then Australian health system can only deal with climate change in an expensive ad hoc, crisis management manner. Without meeting the challenges of climate change to the health system head on, Australia will remain unprepared for the health impacts of climate change with negative consequences for the health of the Australian population.
dc.description.sponsorshipThis study was funded by the CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship.
dc.format8 pages
dc.publisherCo-Action Publishing
dc.rights© 2014 Anthony J. Burton et al. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0 License (http://creative commons.org/licenses/by/4.0I), allowing 1hird parties to copy and redisbibute the material in any medium or format and to remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially, provided the original work is properly cited and states its license.
dc.sourceGlobal health action
dc.subjectclimate change
dc.subjecthealth service planning
dc.subjectaustralia
dc.subjecthealth services administration
dc.subjecthumans
dc.subjectinterviews as topic
dc.subjecthealth planning
dc.titleIs enough attention given to climate change in health service planning? An Australian perspective
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES.
local.identifier.citationvolume7
dcterms.dateAccepted2014-05-16
dc.date.issued2014-06-18
local.identifier.absfor111700
local.identifier.ariespublicationu5734898xPUB6
local.publisher.urlhttp://www.co-action.net/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationBurton, Anthony John, University of Western Sydney, Australia
local.contributor.affiliationBambrick, Hilary, University of Western Sydney, Australia
local.contributor.affiliationFriel, Sharon, College of Asia and the Pacific, CAP Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet), RegNet General, The Australian National University
local.identifier.essn1654-9880
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage23903
local.identifier.doi10.3402/gha.v7.23903
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T11:37:29Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84925223870
local.identifier.thomsonID000338437800001
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