LISTEN to the edited podcast: Communicating health and climate change (mp3)
In March 2012 ASC Victoria and the Australasian Medical Writers Association held a dinner conversation with leading researchers and communicators.
- Fiona Armstrong, Convener of the Climate and Health Alliance
- Dr Marion Carey, VicHealth Senior Research Fellow at Monash Sustainability Institute
- Amanda McKenzie, Communications Director at the Climate Commission
Facilitation – Ian Muchamore, ASC Victoria President
Podcast Production – Dr Andi Horvarth
One of the greatest challenges surrounding the climate change debate is how to effectively communicate its impact to policy makers and the wider community. Are the messages getting to the right people and being communicated in the best way? Despite exhaustive debate of climate change science using environmental, economic, moral and social frameworks, Australian community consensus on appropriate responses to climate change can sometimes seem more distant than ever. A recent approach has been to reframe climate change consequences as major public health issues. Some communities may more readily engage with this approach but are there also disadvantages?
- Could a communications focus on health consequences of climate change break through the current polarised positions?
- What are the predicted health consequences of climate change and how is this scientific understanding developing?
- What mitigation and adaptation approaches need to be developed?
- How can we responsibly communicate future health consequences when outcomes depend upon multiple environmental, biological and social systems?