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Canterbury Health in All Policies Newsletter: June 2018

Wednesday, June 20, 2018   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, health in all policies

Flooding in Christchurch. Photo by Sandy Brinsdon.Minister of Health Dr David Clark called on the health sector to address the determinants of health, achieve better health equity and implement a strong response to climate change by working across Government and with other agencies in his recent letters of expectations to District Health Boards.

Climate change is already having visible effects in the Canterbury region. The health consequences of climate change, from changes in the distribution of infectious diseases to increased illness from more frequent and intense extreme weather events, will be amplified by its consequences on the economy, the environment and our social system.

A new report by the Institute for Environment Science and Research (ESR) shows how climate change is expected to affect the health of New Zealanders over the next 50 to 100 years. Some - including the ESR - have called the urgent action needed to combat climate change and its impacts on health the biggest threat to society of our times.

Although climate change is a major threat to health and fairness, it also a huge opportunity for collaboration and well-designed action.

“In fact, many ‘climate’ actions should be recommended solely on a health basis. Importantly, there will be positive health benefits for everyone if appropriate mitigation and adaptation strategies are implemented sooner rather than later.” - ESR

Climate change has been recognised as an area of possible collaboration in the Joint Work Plans shared between the Canterbury DHB with Christchurch City Council and with Environment Canterbury. Although each organisation has their own programmes, we will continue to look for ways to take a joined up approach that incorporates both mitigation and adaption strategies to not only help the environment but deliver significant health co-benefits.

Evon Currie
General Manager of Community and Public Health

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Health in All Policies is an approach to public policies across sectors that systematically takes into account the health implications of decisions, seeks synergies, and avoids harmful health impacts, in order to improve population health and health equity. (Helsinki Statement 2013)

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