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SEI and partners publish a new collaborative work: ‘A conceptual framework for climate change, health and wellbeing in NSW, Australia’

SEI affiliated researchers, along with colleagues from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, and NSW Health, have recently published a journal article titled ‘A conceptual framework for climate change, health and wellbeing in NSW, Australia’ in Public Health Research Practice.

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The authors include Dr Sinead Boylan, School of Public Health at the University of Sydney, and Project Researcher for the University of Sydney Planetary Health Platform, SEI Co-Director Professor David Schlosberg, and SEI Knowledge Translation Officer Anastasia Mortimer.

In acknowledging that climate change will adversely affect the health and wellbeing of groups and individuals who are social, culturally and economically vulnerable to shock climate events, the journal article presents a conceptual framework for assessing the health and wellbeing impacts of climate change in NSW.

The framework is intended to assist policy development and support the aims and objectives of the NSW Government’s Climate Change Policy Framework, especially in relation to adaptation to climate change and reducing impacts on health and wellbeing.

The conceptual framework is the outcome of a project with the Human Health and Social Impacts Node in partnership between the Office of Environment and Heritage Adaptation Research Hub, NSW Health, Edge Environment Pty Ltd and The University of Sydney’s School of Public Health, which set out to inform adaptation programs that seek to protect and promote health in NSW, in the face of a changing climate.

Abstract:

Changes in natural hazards related to climate change are evident in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, and are projected to become more frequent and intense. The impacts of climate change may adversely affect health and wellbeing, directly via extreme weather events such as heatwaves, storms and floods, and indirectly via impacts on food security, air and water quality, and other environmental amenities. The NSW Government’s Climate Change Policy Framework recognises the need to reduce the effects of climate change on health and wellbeing. A conceptual framework can support the aims and objectives of the policy framework by depicting the effects of climate change on health, and individual and social wellbeing, and areas for policy actions and responses. A proposed conceptual framework has been developed, modelled on the Driving force, Pressure, State, Exposure, Effect and Action (DPSEEA) framework of the World Health Organization – a framework which shows the link between exposures and health effects as well as entry points for interventions. The proposed framework presented in this paper was developed in consultation with researchers and policy makers. The framework is guiding current research examining vulnerabilities to climate change and the effects of a range of exposures on health and wellbeing.

Authors:

Sinead Boylan, School of Public Health, University of Sydney

Kathleen Beyer, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

David Schlosberg, Sydney Environment Institute

Anastasia Mortimer, Sydney Environment Institute

Neil Hime, School of Public Health, University of Sydney and NSW Health

Benjamin Scalley, NSW Health

Robyn Alders, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Sydney

Carlos Corvalan, School of Public Health, University of Sydney and NSW Health

Anthony Capon, School of Public Health, University of Sydney

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