HEAL 2022

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The two-day in-person and virtual HEAL 2022 Conference is an inspirational forum for knowledge transfer, scientific debate, and community-wide conversations about research and policy priority setting on human health, climate and environmental change solutions in Australia. Live events will take place across Australia and will be available once confirmed on the HEAL website.

While environmental and climate change pose great challenges to health, there is great potential for well-targeted mitigation and adaptation policies to reduce environmental impacts, protect and improve human health, build health system and community resilience, and progress towards a healthier, fairer and more sustainable world. This involves urban, rural and remote health interventions that strengthen the resilience of communities, and the health sector in particular, to environmental change.

Respectful integration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and western concepts of health and related knowledge systems is essential to this effort, recognising that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander concepts of health holistically encompass connection to culture, family, language, community, and Country.

The objective of the HEAL 2022 Conference is to provide an inspirational forum for knowledge transfer, scientific debate, and community-wide conversations about research and policy priority setting on human health, climate and environmental change solutions in Australia.

Expected outcomes include a transformational vision statement and policy briefing on human health and environmental change research, enhanced community engagement, articles to be published as special issue in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and collaborative and co-designed research projects and funding applications.

Conference themes

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and knowledge translation for building resilience to environmental change
  • Health system resilience to environmental change and sustainability
  • Bushfires, air pollution, heatwaves, and other extreme events, and their impact on physical, mental, and community health
  • Food, soil and water safety and security in a changing environment
  • Biosecurity, COVID-19 and emerging Infections in the context of environmental change
  • Urban health, built environment and nature based solutions
  • Rural and remote health
  • Clean energy solutions for healthy environments and lives
  • At-risk populations, early life effects and life-course solutions
  • Data and decision support systems for environmental health applications
  • Science communication, citizen science, and risk perception
  • Planetary health equity
  • Environmental change and health in the Asia-Pacific region

Several members of the Prevention Centre network are involved with and support HEAL.