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Sustainability, Climate and Health Collaboration

Promoting health and wellbeing under changing environment
We are seeking collaborations with various partners to shape policies and practices that could promote people’s health and wellbeing under changing environment and climate.

The Sustainability, Climate and Health Collaboration (SCHC) is established in late 2020 and hosted by School of Public Health, University of Sydney. The SCHC aims to enhance and promote collaborations in research and build capacity to address sustainability, climate and health.

Our research 

The SCHC comprises senior, mid and early-career public health researchers of diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise related to sustainability, climate and health, adopting both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

Examples of focused research areas (not limited to):

  • Adaptation to extreme weather events (e.g. heatwaves, floods, draughts) 
  • Air pollution and health
  • Chronic disease prevention
  • Data sciences
  • Ecology and zoonosis
  • Health co-benefit of active transportation
  • Indigenous health promotion
  • Mental health and climate change
  • Sustainable diet
  • Sustainable health care system

Get involved

Members of the group have been and are working with various partners in the field, such as government departments, research institutes, industries, and professional organisations, in Australia and internationally.

Examples of existing partners:

  • Australian Prevention Partnership Centre
  • Centre for Air pollution, energy and health Research
  • Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA)
  • Human Health and Social Impacts Node of Adapt NSW (a collaboration between the University of Sydney, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and NSW Health)
  • Lancet Countdown on health and climate
  • NSW Ministry of Health
  • University of Adelaide
  • Wellcome Trust

Feel free to contact the Convenor and individual members for potential collaborations.

Events

The group meets on the last Thursday of every month, 12-1pm Sydney Time. There will be presentations on various topics and discussions about funding opportunities, resources and support.

Please feel free to join if you are interested. Zoom link here.

The group also hosts an annual symposium to promote more collaborations in the field. 

Information on the 4th annual forum will be coming soon.

The third annual forum was held on 7 September with over 80 participants from various sectors. We had eight presentations plus group discussions. The program is attached, and the event recordings can be accessed here:

The second annual public event was held on Thursday 8 September 2022, 9:30 am - 2:00 pm, AEST. Program of the event is here.

Capacity building for sustainable health care, 30 Nov 2023

The event is co-hosted by the SSPH Global Health team, the Sustainability, Climate and Health Collaboration and the University Medical Centre Utrecht.

There are international and Australian guest speakers (educator and student) to address why climate and planetary health need to be in all health professions' curricula and examples to inspire more integration of climate and health education in our programs.

Our people

Co-Convenors

Current members