Climate Health WA Inquiry

In March 2019, the State Government announced a Chief Health Officer Inquiry (external site) to investigate the implications of climate change, including more frequent and intense weather events, on health.

The aim of the Inquiry is to review the current planning and response capacity of the health system in relation to the health impacts of climate change, and make recommendations for improvement with respect to climate change mitigation and public health adaptation strategies.

The statutory Inquiry was a key recommendation of the Climate and Sustainability Forum held in July 2018 and also one of the key priorities within the Sustainable Health Review Final Report.

The State’s former Chief Health Officer, Professor Tarun Weeramanthri, has been appointed by the current Chief Health Officer, Dr Andrew Robertson, to conduct the Inquiry.

The final report is expected by March 2020. Its findings will form the basis of a new, coordinated health and climate change framework for WA, reflecting changes in climate science and national policy.

Public formal hearings

Public formal hearings will be held at the State Administrative Tribunal in Perth from 3 October to 12 December 2019. View the indicative hearing schedule and register to attend.

Timeline

Public submissions: 24 June - 30 August 2019
Public forums: July – August 2019
Public formal hearings: October – December 2019
Final report: March 2020

View the Climate Health WA Inquiry Terms of Reference (PDF 30 KB)

View Tarun Weeramanthri's biography (PDF 49KB)

For further information, email: climatehealthwa@health.wa.gov.au

Last reviewed: 16-07-2019