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The peak body for emergency medicine in Australia notes today's announcement that a Shorten Labor Government will commit $15 million to develop the National Health and Climate Centre at the University of New South Wales.

Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) President Dr Simon Judkins said: “ACEM is proud to be part of a coalition of health, social welfare and conservation groups that has written an Open Letter to all political parties and federal election candidates calling for action on the health emergency caused by climate change.

"The health impacts of climate change on vulnerable communities are the cause of deep concerns among health and medical professionals worldwide. Emergency departments are at the forefront of dealing with the increasing number of disasters such floods, heatwaves and fires, and this is only likely to become a bigger issue in the decades to come."
 
The impact of climate change on emergency care was discussed at ACEM’s Annual Scientific Meeting last year.
 
Background
 
ACEM is the peak body for emergency medicine in Australia and New Zealand, responsible for training emergency physicians and advancement of professional standards. www.acem.org.au
 
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