Medical students to participate in Code Green Week

THE government’s push to introduce a carbon price will receive a boost from Australian medical students this week, when they take a break from study to participate in Code Green Week.

The event is a joint national initiative of student members of Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA) and the Australian Medical Students' Association (AMSA), and aims to educate health professionals and the public about the health threats resulting from climate change.

DEA student president Rohan Church said the carbon price was an essential public health measure to combat climate-related illness like malnutrition, diarrhoea, vector-borne diseases, natural disasters and armed conflict.

“A price on carbon… represents a first step towards safeguarding human health from the worst impacts of climate change," he said.

The campaign culminates in a week