ACEM considers climate change and the associated health impacts to be a population health emergency. It presents an immediate risk to the capacity and capability of emergency departments, health systems and the emergency medicine workforce to safely manage demand resulting from more frequent and intense climate weather events (including storms, floods and bushfire).
ACEM recognises that emergency departments and hospitals need to be resourced and supported to respond to and manage increased presentations, including surges in demand. Alongside this, ACEM actively supports efforts to minimise the impact of climate change including measures to reduce the carbon footprint of hospitals and health systems. Given the scale of climate change, the College recognises the vital need to support and partner with other organisations and actors to both mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.
For further information contact:
ACEM Policy Team
61 (3) 9320 0444
Manager - Media Relations
61 3 8679 8813 or +61 498 068 023