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Health network air pollution meeting, Melbourne
June 20, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
University of Melbourne Graduate House
Australia’s current air pollution standards are not strong enough to protect human health. There is no safe level of exposure to many pollutants and there are harmful effects from exposure at levels well below the national air standards. We have a rare opportunity to strengthen these weak air pollution standards.
Australian governments are currently reviewing the national air pollution standards for sulfur dioxide, oxides of nitrogen and ozone that were first adopted in 1998. Australian standards currently exceed the World Health Organisation’s recommended thresholds and by international comparison, lag significantly. Much stricter standards have been adopted in most other countries, including the US, EU, and China.
This workshop is a timely opportunity for health professionals, academics and experts to collaborate and plan our advocacy efforts on this review of air pollution standards, so that we can get standards that protect the health of all Australians.
At the meeting, we will:
• Finalise and approve a joint health sector position statement on the health impacts of sulfur dioxide, oxides of nitrogen and ozone, with recommendations for best practice regulation and control of these pollutants. (An initial position statement was developed at a previous workshop in late 2017. A draft of this statement will be circulated to all RSVPs prior to the meeting.)
• Map our professional networks to identify people and organisations who we can ask to sign-on and endorse the position statement.
• Develop an advocacy plan so that government health and environment ministers hear our call for stricter standards to protect public health.
• Develop key media messages and identify spokespeople to represent the health sector in the media.
As this is a focused action meeting there are limited places.
Please RSVP by 5pm Friday 14 June
This event is jointly hosted by The Lung Health Research Centre, University of Melbourne and Environmental Justice Australia.