Infectious Diseases and Climate Change

Infectious diseases place a substantial social and economic burden on Australia. Respiratory tract, food and vector-borne infections all decrease the quality and duration of Australian lives while antibiotic resistance is also becoming a costly problem. This burden is managed within a high-quality healthcare system which is expensive by global standards, although its benefits are considerable. There are a number of threats to the Australian health system, however. Ecological, climatic and demographic changes may alter disease risks. A growing population with high global interconnectedness is at risk from newly emergent diseases for which no treatments currently exist. Investment to ensure the health system remains responsive to these risks is essential because climate projections suggest the incidence of many infectious diseases is likely to increase. Changes to water supply, temperatures, timing of seasonal events, and the intensity and frequency of extreme weather could all increase pathogen replication rates, for example.

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Climate Change and Infectious Diseases: The Next 50 Years

Professor

John Kaldor

Professor and Program Head
Kirby Institute, UNSW
Disease modelling
Indigenous health
Infectious diseases
Public health monitoring and surveillance
Dr

Esther Onyango

Research Fellow
Griffith University
Adaptation strategies
Infectious diseases
Integrated vulnerability assessments
Research translation
Science communication
Dr

Aparna Lal

PhD
Senior Lecturer
Australian National University
Disease modelling
Environmental health
Food/water-borne diseases
Infectious diseases
Public health monitoring and surveillance
Associate Professor

David Regan

PhD
Infectious Disease Modeller
University of New South Wales
Disease modelling
Indigenous health
Infectious diseases
Dr

David Muscatello

Senior Lecturer
School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW
Disease modelling
Health promotion
Infectious diseases
Public health monitoring and surveillance
Professor

Graeme Zosky

Deputy Director, Menzies Institute for Medical Research
University of Tasmania
Air quality
Disease modelling
Environmental health
Indigenous health
Infectious diseases
Dr

Nina Hall

PhD
Senior Lecturer in Planetary Health
School of Public Health, The University of Queensland
Environmental health
Food/water-borne diseases
Indigenous health
Inequity
Infectious diseases
Professor

Lidia Morawska

Professor and Director
International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health, Queensland University of Technology
Air quality
Atmospheric science
Bushfires
Climate extremes
Environmental health
Associate Professor

Ying Zhang

Academic Lead (Student Life)
School of Public Health, University of Sydney
Climate extremes
Co-benefits
Environmental health
Heatwaves
Infectious diseases