COVID-19 and Climate Change: Health implications

Composite image shows a globe of the earth, surrounded by corona virus

Date & time

12pm 23 July 2020

Location

Zoom webinar

Speakers

Dr Aparna Lal Research Fellow, ANU Research School of Population Health
Dr Arnagretta Hunter Staff Specialist, Clinical Senior Lecturer, Canberra Hospital and ANU Medical School

Contacts

 Lamis Kazak

In this webinar presented by the ANU Climage Change Institute, environmental health researcher Dr Aparna Lal, and cardiologist Dr Arnagretta Hunter will discuss the health implications of COVID-19 and climate change.

They’ll cover public health responses and any learnings we can apply to addressing the health impacts of climate change.

Recent months have seen the COVID-19 pandemic emerge as a global crisis requiring immediate, wide-spread and evidence-based action.

As countries have taken drastic measures to curb the spread of the virus, comparisons have arisen between the global response to COVID-19 and climate change. Despite their fundamental differences, they are both significant global challenges that require immediate action based upon scientific evidence.

So how and why have our responses differed, and what can we learn from the handling of COVID-19 to apply to our response to climate change?

Join us for this new online event series, COVID-19 and Climate Change, to discuss these questions and more with leading researchers in the area.

Environmental health researcher, Dr Aparna Lal and cardiologist Dr Arnagretta Hunter will discuss the health implications of COVID-19 and climate change. They’ll cover public health responses and any learnings we can apply to addressing the health impacts of climate change.

These events will be recorded. The recording will be made available after the event through the ANU Climate Change Institute YouTube channel.

Speakers

Dr Aparna Lal Research Fellow, ANU Research School of Population Health

Aparna’s research focuses on the environmental and social risk factors for a range of infectious diseases. She has an undergraduate degree in Zoology, a Postgraduate Diploma in Wildlife Management in New Zealand, and a Master’s degree in Wildlife Science in India. Interviewing villagers living on the edge of India’s protected Tiger Reserves made her start thinking about disease transmission between wild animals, livestock and humans who live in close proximity to animals. This led her to do her PhD at the Department of Public Health at the University of Otago (New Zealand), graduating in 2014. She then moved to the ANU as a postdoctoral fellow with the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health working with the Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Modelling group and now as a Research Fellow in the Environment, Climate and Health group.

Dr Arnagretta Hunter Staff Specialist, Clinical Senior Lecturer, Canberra Hospital and ANU Medical School

Dr Arnagretta Hunter is a general cardiologist and physician practising in Canberra. She has a strong interest in preventative health, on the relationship between how we live and our health and wellbeing. She is a member of Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA) and a friend of the National Rural Health Alliance. In 2020 she is the inaugural Human Futures Fellow for the ANU College of Health and Medicine. Through work within ANU and with the Commission for the Human Future, the fellowship explores existential risks and the transformative changes that are underway affecting health, wellbeing and societies.

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