News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

DHBs Commended for Initiative Over Climate Change

MEDIA STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE,
WEDNESDAY, 30 APRIL 2014

District Health Boards Commended for Initiative Over Global Warming And Climate Change

“South Island district health boards (DHBs) are to be commended for taking the initiative to manage the increased health risks associated with global warming and climate change,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS).

The region’s five DHBs belong to the South Island Alliance, which has established a working group to identify the health risks and develop sustainable, long-term solutions. Health risks linked to climate change and an increase in extreme weather events include disease, food and water shortages, and displacement of people.

“These issues are important and need to be on the radar of health agencies now so we’re not left scrambling for solutions down the track when the effects of climate change start to bite,” says Mr Powell.

“We’re very pleased the South Island DHBs are proactively tackling these issues and note that Counties Manukau is also at the forefront of trying to meet this challenge. We hope the other North Island DHBs are doing similar planning. Increased health risks will put considerable additional pressure on New Zealand’s health system and, of course, the front line clinical staff who provide health care.”

He says one initiative public hospitals should consider, as part of their overall response to these issues, is the buying of fresh healthy food locally.

“I know this runs counter to the prevailing thinking of national procurement for a range of things, including food, but buying local food would be a good move for our hospitals. It would benefit patients and staff, and also provide much-needed support for local economies which in turn will help communities weather the effects of climate change and global warming.”

Ian Powell

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Howard Davis: Christopher Marlowe & 'The Tragedy Of Dr. Faustus'

Previous versions of 'The Devil's Pact' can be traced back to the fourth century, Marlowe deviated significantly by depicting his protagonist as unable to burn his books or repent to a merciful God in order to have his contract annulled... More>>

ALSO:

Gold For RNZ: Muslim Post-9/11 Series, Kim Hill Win In New York

The Radio New Zealand podcast series Public Enemy has won a gold award for excellence for its presenter, Mohamed Hassan, at the prestigious New York Festival Radio Awards announced in Manhattan today. RNZ National’s Saturday Morning host, Kim Hill, also received a gold award for Best Radio Personality. More>>

Human Rights Commission: Give Nothing To Racism

A campaign urging New Zealanders to give nothing to racism and refuse to spread intolerance has been launched by some of the country’s most well-known people. More>>

Louis Vuitton Series Win: Emirates Team NZ Will Challenge For The America’s Cup

By beating Artemis 5-2 they now take on Oracle Team USA in the America’s Cup match starting next weekend. More>>

ALSO:

Monterey: Rodger Fox Big Band Invited To Celebrated Festival

The Rodger Fox Big Band has received an invitation to perform at the 2017 Monterey 60th Anniversary Jazz Festival in the USA in September of this year. More>>

AntARTica: Scientist’s Painting Discovered In Antarctic Hut

The New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust has discovered an almost perfectly preserved 118 year old watercolour painting among penguin-excrement, dust and mould covered papers found in an historic hut at Cape Adare, Antarctica. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland