This project brings together researchers and practitioners planning for equitable health and wellbeing outcomes for all in the context of a changing climate.

  • Project dates: 2021 (ongoing)

Project background

Climate change poses a significant threat to our public health and wellbeing and will have differential impacts across groups in our society. To avoid exacerbating health inequities, there is a need to better understand and plan for the health and well-being impacts of climate change. This involves integrating climate change adaptation into public health planning agendas.

The City of Greater Dandenong and the Mornington Peninsula Shire have partnered with the Centre for Just Places (Jesuit Social Services) and the Australian Urban Observatory, (Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University), to investigate the interaction of climate change and health within their municipalities.

Project aims

· Profiling health and climate risks for residents across each municipality.

· Identification of a shared indicator framework for vulnerability across the municipalities.

· Mapping shared as well as specific roles and responsibilities related to planning for climate change in public health and wellbeing planning.

· A high-level scan of adaptive capacity for health and community service delivery.

· A set of recommendations to respond to local risks and impacts, responsive to considerations of differential needs, impacts, and opportunities.

Key People

Lead researchers

Professor Melanie Davern

Professor Melanie Davern

Director Australian Urban Observatory

Dr Susie Moloney

Dr Susie Moloney

Associate Professor Sustainability and Urban Planning

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