Lowitja Institute has published a policy position paper, Let’s walk together, work together, we’ll be stronger together: The need for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Coalition on Climate and Health, which outlines our recommendation for the Australian Government to fund the establishment of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Coalition on Climate and Health
In making this recommendation, we draw on our 2023 community engagement, discussions with key Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academics, our previous work in climate and health, and the climate and health panel that Lowitja Institute hosted at our biannual conference in 2023. We have also considered the priority reforms outlined in the National Agreement on Closing the Gap, and the recommendations made via Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ voices and engagement in a 2023 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report.
Lowitja Institute will host a Climate Change and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Ministerial Roundtable (The Roundtable) on Thursday, 16 November 2023 (10-11am) at Parliament House on Ngunnawal and Ngambri Country, Canberra.
The Roundtable will bring together relevant Ministers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experts and community leaders, as well as representatives from the Department of Health and Aged Care and the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water, to discuss current and future policies, strategies, and reforms aimed at addressing the impacts of climate change on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.