Media advisory: Health sector to rally for health at the heart of the Zero Carbon Bill

MEDIA ADVISORY
27 August 2019

Doctors, nurses and health sector workers will gather on the steps of Parliament from 12.30pm this Thursday 29 August in support of colleagues submitting on the Zero Carbon Bill. Climate change is potentially the biggest threat to public health this century and we are calling for health at the heart of the Zero Carbon Bill.

Dr Alexandra Macmillan, Co-convenor of OraTaiao: NZ Climate & Health Council, will be heard by the Environment Select Committee in the morning of 29 August alongside colleagues from organisations representing more than 55,000 health professionals. This will be followed by the gathering on Parliament steps.

  • What: Gathering to call for stronger Zero Carbon Bill
    Who: Doctors, nurses and health sector workers
    When: 12.30pm, Thursday 29 August
    Where: Parliament steps, Wellington

  • What: Coordinated health sector submissions on Zero Carbon Bill
    Who: OraTaiao, NZNO, NZMA, PHA and NZCPHM
    When: 10.20am-12pm, Thursday 29 August
    Where: Environment Select Committee, Parliament, Wellington.

For more information contact Julia Crosfield: Mobile: 021 911 692,  Email: coordinator@orataiao.org.nz

Media Spokesperson: Dr Alex Macmillan. Dr Alex Macmillan is a Public Health Physician and Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago and Co-Convenor of OraTaiao: NZ Climate & Health Council.

Notes to editors:    

OraTaiao’s written submission on the Zero Carbon Bill: https://www.orataiao.org.nz/climate_change_response_zero_carbon_amendment_act_zero_carbon_bill

Health organisations who made a written submission on the Zero Carbon Bill:
Nelson Marlborough Health, Northland District Health Board, Canterbury District Health Board, Southern District Health Board, Auckland Regional Public Health Service, Regional Public Health (Wellington), MidCentral Public Health Service, New Zealand College Public Health Medicine, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, New Zealand College of Midwives, Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners, College of Nurses Aotearoa (NZ) Inc, OraTaiao The New Zealand Climate and Health Council, New Zealand Medical Association, New Zealand Nurses Organisation, Public Health Association of New Zealand, Department of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington,  Palmerston North Women’s Health Collective, Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand, Pegasus Health

See the Health Professionals Joint Call for Action on Climate Change and Health here: https://www.orataiao.org.nz/friends_and_supporters


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