Health impacts focus – Fiona Armstrong

Climate change-driven killer heatwaves and disease outbreaks threaten all Australians, says Fiona Armstrong.

Now, a Queensland State Government-funded plan is calling for tobacco-style taxes on carbon polluters as one way to help fund dealing with this increased risk.

CCL Australia’s guest speaker this month is the founder and Executive Director of Australia’s Climate And Health Alliance (CAHA), Fiona Armstrong, discuss the many dimensions of both state and national health-centred approaches to climate policy. She makes the case that health impacts are an effective and vital focus for climate change strategy.

About Fiona: Fiona Armstrong is an expert in climate change and health policy, advocacy and communications. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the Australian coalition of health groups, the Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) and the architect of the Framework for a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being for Australia, released in 2017.

She is the lead author of many of CAHA’s reports, including Coal and Health in the Hunter: Lessons from One Valley for the World and Our Uncashed Dividend: The Health Benefits of Climate Action.

Fiona is the recipient of several prestigious awards: The Frank Fisher Award from City of Yarra (2018), the Tony McMichael Ecology and Environment Award from the Public Health Association of Australia (2017), and 100 Women of Influence (2016) from Australian Financial Review/Westpac.

Fiona is a co-founder and a director of CLIMARTE: Arts for a Safe Climate,  an independent not-for-profit organisation that harnesses the creative power of the arts to inform, engage and inspire action on climate change.

Contact: W, Mob 0438900005, E

CAHA links and documents:  Qld Government Human Health and Wellbeing Climate Adaptation Plan (H-CAP),, Framework for a National Strategy:,,

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