Strategies to strengthen public health inputs to water policy in response to climate change: An Australian perspective

Goater, Sarah, Cook, Angus, Hogan, Anthony, Mengersen, Kerrie, Hieatt, Arron and Weinstein, Philip (2011) Strategies to strengthen public health inputs to water policy in response to climate change: An Australian perspective. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 23 2: 80S-90S. doi:10.1177/1010539510397038


Author Goater, Sarah
Cook, Angus
Hogan, Anthony
Mengersen, Kerrie
Hieatt, Arron
Weinstein, Philip
Title Strategies to strengthen public health inputs to water policy in response to climate change: An Australian perspective
Journal name Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1010-5395
1941-2479
Publication date 2011-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1010539510397038
Volume 23
Issue 2
Start page 80S
End page 90S
Total pages 11
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Under current climate change projections, the capacity to provide safe drinking water to Australian communities will be challenged. Part of this challenge is the lack of an adaptive governance strategy that transcends jurisdictional boundaries to support integrated policy making, regulation, or infrastructural adaptation. Consequently, some water-related health hazards may not be adequately captured or forecast under existing water resource management policies to ensure safe water supplies. Given the high degree of spatial and temporal variability in climate conditions experienced by Australian communities, new strategies for national health planning and prioritization for safe water supplies are warranted. The challenges facing public health in Australia will be to develop flexible and robust governance strategies that strengthen public health input to existing water policy, regulation, and surveillance infrastructure through proactive risk planning, adopting new technologies, and intersectoral collaborations. The proposed approach could assist policy makers avert or minimize risk to communities arising from changes in climate and water provisions both in Australia and in the wider Asia Pacific region.
Keyword Water security
Climate change
Environmental health
Climate policy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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