Australians will be better protected against the health impacts of climate change, thanks to the Healthy Environments And Lives (HEAL) national research network, just announced by the Australian Government.
Led by the Australian National University (ANU), together with a range of organisations that includes the Centenary Institute, the network brings together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, sustainable development, environmental epidemiology, and data science and communication to address climate change and its impacts on health.
The Centenary Institute’s Professor Phil Hansbro, Director of the Centenary UTS Centre for Inflammation, is a Co-Chief Investigator in the network. His roles in HEAL are: Co-Lead of the At-risk Populations theme; and contributor to the Bushfires, Air Pollution and Extreme Events, and Biosecurity themes.
As a part of HEAL, researchers, practitioners, communities and policymakers will work together on urban health, bushfires, air, soil and water pollution, food security, heatwaves and other extreme events, and biosecurity.
The HEAL Network will hold its inaugural conference on 17-18 November 2021.