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Aust Fam Physician. 2007 Dec;36(12):986-9.

Climate change and primary health care.

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Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne, Victoria. gblashki@unimelb.edu.au

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Climate change and rising average global temperatures threaten to disrupt the physical, biological and ecological life support systems on which human health depends.

OBJECTIVE:

This article overviews the evidence for human induced climate change, the predicted health impacts, and the role of primary health care professionals in managing these impacts.

DISCUSSION:

Climate change has substantial potential health effects. These include heat stress related to heatwaves; injuries related to extreme weather events such as storms, fires and floods; infectious disease outbreaks due to changing patterns of mosquito borne and water borne diseases; poor nutrition from reduced food availability and affordability; the psychosocial impact of drought; and the displacement of communities. Primary health care has an important role in preparing for and responding to these climate change related threats to human health.

PMID:
18075618
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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