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Bigger than the 1918 flu? Tackling climate change: this century's public health emergency

Department of Preventive and Social Medicine's annual State of Public Health Lecture

Presented by:

  • Dr Alexandra Macmillan Senior lecturer in Environmental Health; Co-convenor OraTaiao NZ Climate and Health Council

  • Dr Rhys Jones Senior Lecturer at Te Kupenga Hauora Māori University of Auckland; Co-convenor OraTaiao NZ Climate and Health Council

Climate change is widely recognised as the greatest global threat to health, and tackling climate change is potentially the greatest health opportunity of the 21st century. What does this mean for health and fairness in Aotearoa? What can we learn from last century’s big public health emergency in dealing with this one?

Alexandra Macmillan and Rhys Jones are co-convenors of OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate and Health Council, the country’s largest public health NGO.

They are leading advocates for climate action that advances health, equity and Indigenous rights. As well as the threats to our health from climate change, in this lecture they will highlight the unprecedented opportunities that climate action offers to improve health and create a fairer society, and consider the special role of health professionals as advocates for healthy climate action.

Can't attend in person? You can watch via livestream here


Date Thursday, 15 November 2018
Time 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Audience Public,Alumni,All University
DepartmentPreventive and Social Medicine (Dunedin), Centre for Health Systems and Technology (CHeST), Centre for International Health, Bioethics Centre, Centre for Sustainability, General Practice and Rural Health (Dunedin), Medicine (Dunedin), Pathology (Dunedin)
LocationHutton Theatre, Otago Museum
CostFree of charge
Contact NameSusan Bell

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