AMA submission - National Climate Resilience and Adaptation Strategy

The Australian Medical Association advocates on behalf of Australian doctors and in the interests of the health of all Australians. Our climate change response is a strong component of this work as we plan for the future. While inarguably necessary to address the health impacts that cannot be avoided, adaptation and resilience efforts cannot be relied upon exclusively to address climate health impacts. Mitigating further increases in global warming is the best way to reduce climate health impacts and to ensure that adaptation and resilience measures are effective. The Commonwealth Government’s decision to exclude mitigation from this policy process undermines the expertise and evidence that underpins climate change policy and is deeply disappointing.