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Planetary Health Platform

Understanding how natural systems support civilisational health

By almost any measure human health is better now than ever before. However, to achieve these health gains the natural environment has been exploited at an unprecedented rate. What can we learn from this situation for our future benefit?

Climate change, loss of biodiversity and toxic pollution of ecosystems pose serious threats to the lives and livelihoods of future generations, particularly vulnerable populations living in low- and middle-income countries.

The Planetary Health Platform builds on our commitment to multidisciplinary research and education. It drives research, education and leadership on the relationships between ecological, economic and social change and the health and wellbeing of future generations.

Supported by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, the Climate Change, Human Health and Social Impacts Node is a multidisciplnary research initiative of the platform, dedicated to understanding how climate change will impact human health and social wellbeing.

Our mission

We are working to:

  • develop multidisciplinary research on the relationships between human health and natural systems, the drivers of ecological change, and their broader sociocultural context
  • offer undergraduate and postgraduate teaching that will equip graduates with the skills and attributes to help find solutions to planetary health challenges
  • provide leadership and engagement with policy, industry and communities on questions related to planetary health.

Former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet, Richard Horton and Professor Anthony Capon from the University of Sydney explain why now is the time to start taking planetary health seriously.  

Oceania Planetary Health Forum

Building on the Healthy Islands ideal first advanced in Oceania more than 20 years ago, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Oceania Regional Office and the University of Sydney Planetary Health Platform jointly convened the inaugural Oceania Planetary Health Forum on 5-6 November 2018 in Nadi, Fiji.  

The forum brought together organisational leaders, subject matter experts, practitioners and researchers in public health, environment and ecology, from the Oceania region and beyond, to review and discuss recent developments in these fields and identify priority pathways for policy and action at the ecology–health nexus for the region. 

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