A national survey

About this survey

This survey has been developed by ClimateWorks Australia and the Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) to evaluate the needs of health stakeholders when it comes to communicating solutions to tackle climate change.

 CAHA is a national coalition of health stakeholders with particular expertise and concern regarding the risks to health from climate change.

The Generation Yes program delivered by ClimateWorks Australia aims to support Australian organisations to build support for and act on solutions to climate change.

This collaboration aims to explore the role of the health sector in strengthening the climate solutions story in Australia (e.g. by activating the voices of health leaders) to ensure effective policy is developed and influential organisations are compelled to contribute to positive action.

This survey is intended to provide insights from health care sector stakeholders organisations, health facilities or health professional associations. If you work for, or are a member of, any of these institutions, please respond in that capacity.

Background

CAHA recently led a consultation with the health sector on the National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being for Australia, which identified the 'power of the health voice in climate change policy and action' as a key ingredient in achieving effective outcomes.

Specifically it revealed:

- Widespread agreement across the Australian health community about the need for an urgent, nationally coordinated response, and the need to achieve net zero emissions to maximise positive climate and health outcomes;

- A recognised need for a national and regional network, such as the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Network, to drive practical action in the sector; and

Health professionals want to play a leadership role to drive the transition from climate change being a health threat to a health opportunity.

Within CAHA's national research, health leaders confirmed they were ready to help lead, but they need to be supported with policy and funding to do so. The power of the health professionals as respected and trusted voices provides both an opportunity and a rationale - widely viewed as a moral imperative - to more deeply engage the health community in national policy decisions on climate change.

Among the responses, there was a preference for engaging through collaboration with other groups on climate campaigns; followed by involvement in a dedicated advocacy campaign, and influencing public opinion through media.

Health organisations also indicated a willingness to participate in awareness raising and public education, citing the use of posters and pamphlets in waiting areas of health services, but pointed to the need for health professionals to have access to concise, easily communicated information products.

This survey seeks to identify the needs of health professionals and health organisations in communicating about climate solutions, and to evaluate opportunities to support communication with dedicated materials and training.

The survey will take 5-10 minutes to complete. Thank you for your participation.

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