The Consumers Health forum, in conjunction with the Health Consumers' Council of WA, Health Consumers NSW, and Health Consumers QLD, has put forward a submission for the Department of Health and Aged Care's consultation on the National Health and Climate Strategy. In this submission, we argue that:
- There must be greater consultation with a diverse array of health consumers in order to ensure that climate change is tackled in an effective and just way.
- The scope of the Strategy must be expanded, and cross-sector collaboration must be a mission statement for the Strategy if it is to be meaningful.
- The stated goals, principles, and enablers of the Strategy must be re-assessed to better reflect the necessary systemic reform that will be required to reduce the climate burden of healthcare and health inequity.