Climate change is the central public health issue in Victoria and across the globe. It is both the single greatest health threat and opportunity of the 21st century.
cohealth, a not-for-profit community health organisation, commissioned HIP V. HYPE to undertake a review of the current evidence and best practice for climate action in community health to identify opportunities to better protect those in our community who need it most.
HIP V. HYPE identified a range of opportunities for cohealth to lead climate action in the community health sector in Victoria (and beyond) and work towards a comprehensive response to climate change, reducing its own operational impacts, while also supporting better health and wellbeing outcomes for the community.
- Educate staff and service delivery partners about the impacts of a changing climate.
- Support the local community, particularly those most at risk, to understand the impacts of a changing climate, help build their climate resilience and implement effective mitigation strategies.
- Advocate for federal, state and local government policy and programs that equitably address climate change impacts.
- Lead by example and reduce cohealth's operational greenhouse gas emissions.