Over the weekend of April 15-17, a number of Griffith med students attended iDEA16; the annual conference for Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA), hosted in Brisbane at the University of Queensland! If you haven’t heard of them, DEA are a group of voluntary medical students and doctors who aim to address the ill health resulting from damage to the natural environment. Over 3 inspiring days, we met a variety of highly passionate presenters and delegates alike. Check out #iDEA16conf on Instagram to see all the action!
We were brought up to date with the latest in environmental health research; did you know that ambient air pollution is implicated in 25% of ischaemic heart disease cases globally?!? We were reminded of the importance of living within the limits of our natural environment and were introduced to the theory that a failure of governance is what ultimately gives rise to the harmful health effects of climate change. Practically, we were urged to band together collectively to achieve change. We can contact our local MPs to encourage investment in sustainable infrastructure, renewable energy and clean transport and personally, we can divest ie. Close our accounts with banks and superannuation companies that invest in fossil fuels.
You can visit DEA’s website (which is a goldmine of resources and contacts) and become a student member here: http://dea.org.au . And be sure to like them on Facebook to stay up to date with their latest news and events here: https://www.facebook.com/DocsEnvAus/?fref=ts .
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