Young doctors take on climate change

DOCTORS are going to be in the front line when the adverse impacts of climate change begin to affect the health of patients.

Global warming is predicted to affect housing, food and water supply and to increase the prevalence of diseases such as malaria.

But the next generation of doctors is not planning to sit passively in their surgeries and wait for the patients to walk through the door. Instead, they are opting to actively get on the front foot and attempt to tackle the problems long before they manifest as health issues for patients.

Dr Michael Bonning, chair of the AMA Council of Doctors in Training, has noticed the increased awareness of environmental issues among young doctors and a corresponding willingness to get involved and try to do something about it.

“It has already been noted that climate change is the single greatest threat to human health on the planet, and you can very clearly understand why that is so,” he