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Climate change and its impacts on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing is a key policy priority for Lowitja Institute. Climate change threatens our peoples’ cultural heritage and traditional knowledge and disrupts our connections to our communities, cultures, ceremonies and languages. The changing climate is already having a profound impact on the social and cultural determinants of our health and wellbeing.
Our 2021 discussion paper provides greater detail about these impacts and the importance of the cultural determinants of health. Our policy position paper and business case highlight the importance of our leadership on climate and advocate for the establishment of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Coalition on Climate and Health.