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Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change

Tuesday, 31 October 2017 - 6:00pm
Elisabeth Murdoch Theatre, University of Melbourne

Since 1823, The Lancet Journal has strived to make science widely available so that medicine can serve, and transform society, and positively impact the lives of people. The journals are a major contributor to health and medical media coverage worldwide, tracking the progress on the relationships between human health and climate change, and their implications for governments’ commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement. The 2015 Lancet Commission concluded that:

"anthropogenic climate change threatens to undermine the last 50 years of gains in public health, and conversely, that a comprehensive response to climate change could be “the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century”.

The Lancet Countdown is launching its first full report about climate change in health on October 31 of this year. It will coincide with launches around the world including one at the University of Melbourne.

The forum is hosted by the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and will mark the launch of this first progress report of the 5 key indices;

  1. Health Impacts
  2. Health Adaptation
  3. Co-benefits of Mitigation
  4. Finance an Economics
  5. Broader Social Context

Come to the launch to hear from and engage with the panelists discussing the implications of the report.


  • Host: Associate Professor Grant Blashki, Nossal Institute, University of Melbourne
  • Prof Mark Stevenson, Professor of Urban Transport and Public Health, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Rob Moodie, Melbourne School of Population Health, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Kathryn Bowen, Senior Research Fellow, Australian National University
  • Fiona Armstrong, Executive Director, Climate and Health Alliance
  • Dr John Iser, Chair Vic Committee DEA, Doctors for the Environment