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Government climate and health equity priorities must prompt a deeper re-think of health and healthcare for the 21st century

Editorial by Dr Alex Macmillan and Dr Rhys Jones. The New Zealand Medical Journal 31 August 2018, Vol 131 No 1481.

'This year, in an historic move, the Minister of Health issued letters of expectation to all DHBs which included a directive for action by DHBs to address climate change, together with a priority to reduce health inequities. The new climate change requirement recognises that the health sector is not only a major contributor to the greatest public health issue facing us, but also has the potential to show leadership in addressing climate change in ways that protect and promote health. It can be put in the context of healthcare ethics, particularly that it is unethical to provide healthcare while also harming health through environmental pollution. For this reason, accounting for environmental impacts of healthcare is enshrined in the legislation governing District Health Boards.'

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Interview in New Zealand Anaesthesia

Interview with Dr Rhys Jones and anaesthetist Dr Matthew Jenks. New Zealand Anaesthesia: The Magazine of the NZ Society of Anaesthetists, August 2018. Read here.


Climate change, human health and the CPTPP

Editorial by Oliver Hailes, Rhys Jones, David Menkes, Joshua Freeman, Erik Monastery. The New Zealand Medical Journal 9th March 2018, Volume 131 Number 1471. Read here


District health board successes in environmental sustainability

DHB Successes in Environmental Sustainability. A Report to Community and Public Health Canterbury District Health Board, by Dr Gay Keating.


Fast, fair climate action crucial for health and equity

Editorial in the NZ Medical Journal by Dr Scott Metcalfe on behalf of OraTaiao and the NZ College of Public Health Medicine.  Read here.


Climate change, health and general practice in New Zealand

Article in GP Pulse, October 2015, by Dr Alex Macmillan and Dr Rebecca Randerson. Read here.


Will developed countries recognize their right-to-health obligations in Paris?

Dr Alison Blaiklock's contribution to the Health and Human Rights Journal COP21 series. Read here.


Tackling climate change is great for global health

Dr Gay Keating's contribution to the Health and Human Rights Journal COP21 series.  Read here.


Letter in Royal Australasian College of Surgeons publication 'Cutting Edge'

Letter by NZ surgeons John McCall, Russell Tregonning and Mark Smith. Cutting Edge, Issue 56, September 2015. Read full letter here.


Health and equity impacts of climate change in Aotearoa-New Zealand, and health gains from climate action

Bennett et al paper in the New Zealand Medical Journal, Nov 2014. Read here.


‘Healthy Climate, Healthy People’


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