The mining and burning of coal: effects on health and the environment

William M Castleden, David Shearman, George Crisp and Philip Finch
Med J Aust 2011; 195 (6): 333-335. || doi: 10.5694/mja11.10169

Australia’s coal conundrum is that all political parties say they are concerned about climate change while sanctioning an unprecedented expansion of coalmining and coal seam gas extraction in Australia.

  • William M Castleden1
  • David Shearman2,3
  • George Crisp3
  • Philip Finch4,5

  • 1 Department of Vascular Surgery, Fremantle Hospital, Fremantle, WA.
  • 2 Department of Medicine, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA.
  • 3 Doctors for the Environment Australia, Adelaide, SA.
  • 4 Perth Pain Management Centre, Perth, WA.
  • 5 Murdoch University, Perth, WA.


Competing interests:

David Shearman is Honorary Secretary of Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA). Philip Finch, George Crisp and William Castleden are members of DEA.


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