The Lancet Countdown down under: tracking progress on health and climate change in Australia

Ying Zhang and Paul J Beggs
Med J Aust 2018; 208 (7): . || doi: 10.5694/mja17.01245
Published online: 16 April 2018

Australia is set to join a global initiative to track progress on health and climate change

When it comes to climate change and human health, Australia has, in many respects, an impressive track record. The late Professor Tony McMichael led the international community in research and advocacy on this issue.1,2 In 2016, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians Climate Change and Health Working Party released position statements on climate change and health and the health benefits of mitigating climate change.3,4 Scientific articles on Australian health and climate change have been published since the mid-1990s, including in the MJA.5

  • Ying Zhang1
  • Paul J Beggs2

  • 1 University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW
  • 2 Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW



We acknowledge the current team members who are developing the Australian countdown report.

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