Climate change is impacting our environment. The impacts include:

  • greater bushfire danger
  • more heatwaves
  • changes to rainfall patterns that cause flooding and droughts.

These impacts can also damage and disrupt NSW government assets and services, such as:

  • transportation and communications systems
  • energy infrastructure.

There may also be an increase in hospital admissions when people are affected by poorer air quality and heatwaves.

Adaptation

Health systems will need to consider the impacts on services, workforce, infrastructure and supply chains, and develop adaptation plans.

As an initial step, organisations are expected to:

  • review relevant resources
  • convene appropriate stakeholders
  • identify the main physical climate risks for your area/region
  • develop a draft adaptation plan.

Resources

The NSW Government is developing a number of resources in this area:

NSW Government has developed a NSW Climate Change Adaptation Strategy setting out an ambitious approach to climate change adaptation, decision-making principles and objectives for adaptation, key priorities and a suite of actions. The strategy commits to releasing the first state-wide climate change risk and opportunity assessment, and adaptation action plan in 2023.

Queensland Health has developed Climate Change Adaptation Planning Guidelines. The guidelines, climate risk almanac, scan cycle and detailed cycle templates enable users to integrate identified climate change risks into existing risk registers.

Publications

Access useful publications about adaptation:

Rychetnik et al. How Local Health Districts can prepare for the effects of climate change: an adaptation model applied to metropolitan Sydney. CSIRO Publishing. 2019.

For more information, contact moh-netzero@health.nsw.gov.au


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