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Climate and Health Alliance

Impact Fund: COVID-19 Action on Climate & Health

Impact Fund: COVID-19 Action on Climate & Health

The current COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the potential for public health emergencies to cause dramatic disruption. It follows the unprecedented bushfir...





01/05/2020 > 31/12/2020


  • Safeguarding the Environment - Public policy / research / advocacy


  • General population


The current COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the potential for public health emergencies to cause dramatic disruption. It follows the unprecedented bushfires and dangerous smoke pollution that made the links between climate change and people’s health starkly obvious. Both of these events have revealed the increasing vulnerability of the Australian community and our health system – unless we take action.

COVID-19 has also highlighted the critical role of the health and medical professionals in preparing us for and responding to these crises. Right now we have an opportunity to highlight the intensifying climate crisis, which is increasingly taking lives and harming people’s health.

Through heatwaves, bushfires and other extreme weather events, climate change is already harming Australians’ health. Environmental degradation and climate change increase the risk and spread of infectious diseases, like coronaviruses, making future pandemics more likely.

Social research tells us, when disruption occurs, people become more open to what may have previously seemed to be radical ideas. However, this window of opportunity is quite short before people start wanting things to return to ‘normal’, even if ‘normal’ wasn’t optimum before.

We must seize this window to use the power and influence of health voices to set an ambitious policy agenda that will win public and political support for urgent climate action.

  • Bring together 40 health leaders to agree on an ambitious post-COVID policy and advocacy agenda, including through a Health Leaders Roundtable
  • Develop a Discussion Paper to shape the policy agenda ahead of the Roundtable
  • Launch an ambitious policy agenda for a Health-Led Economic Recovery that builds on our Framework for a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Wellbeing for Australia
  • Use the trusted voices of health professionals to communicate the need for urgent climate action to protect health through mainstream and social media
  • Mobilise health stakeholders to advocate to governments for the shared policy agenda
  • Achieve commitments from federal and at least two state/territory governments to adopt at least two elements of this policy agenda.


This project will seize the opportunity COVID-19 provides to highlight the underlying health emergency of climate change and leverage the deepened public trust in health professionals to ensure the post-COVID economic recovery is health-led and delivers climate action.

We will use health professionals to communicate the connections between the COVID-19 pandemic, environmental degradation and climate change; focus attention on the underlying climate crisis and its associated health risks; and unite health stakeholders around a concrete, ambitious policy agenda to deliver health protection and climate action post-COVID-19 and beyond.

With the right support, we are confident we can create a narrative that, without action on the underlying climate crisis, we will see more health emergencies and accompanying social and economic disruption. Therefore urgent climate action is necessary to protect health and the economy.

Profile of Climate and Health Alliance

Climate and Health Alliance

The Climate and Health Alliance is a coalition of health care stakeholders who work together to see the threat to human health from climate change and ecological degradation addressed through prompt policy action. The membership of CAHA includes organisations and individuals from across the health sector, with organisations representing health care professionals from medicine, nursing, public health, social work and psychology, as well as health care service providers, research and academic institutions, and health consumers.


Funding sourceAmount
Confirmed funding$15,000
Impact Fund pledge$15,000
Funding gap to reach Impact Fund target$35,000
Report partner (unconfirmed)$30,000
Expense itemAmount
Project Lead$30,000
Policy Manager$26,000
Communications Manager$13,000
Communications and Publications$16,000
Roundtable logistics and support$2,500

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