“This workshop is for general practitioners and practice staff.
GP Educational Workshop

13 RACGP QI/CPD Points Available


$20 for conference attendees

$80 as a stand-alone ticket (includes comp. ticket to evening with Bob Brown)

This workshop will offer GPs and practice staff an evidence-based overview of the health impacts of climate change. It will also explore the unique role of the GP in advocacy, community engagement and sustainable healthcare, and provide practical tools and direction to further develop these skills. The workshop will cater for a range of knowledge bases, and is essential for those wishing to further their expertise and agency in tackling this public health issue.

The health effects of climate change are evident today, with Australia particularly vulnerable owing to increasing extreme heat and bushfires, changed rainfall patterns and challenges to rural livelihoods. Future climate projections represent a major threat to public health in Australia and worldwide. However, tackling climate change offers significant opportunities for improvements in health. As primary care physicians, GPs are optimally placed to be at the forefront of this change.

Recognition of the social and environmental determinants of health is an essential foundation of healthcare. It is crucial that Australian primary care providers are aware and empowered to integrate climate and health considerations into their professional practice. GPs’ respected position in the community empowers the profession to offer leadership in climate change mitigation by reducing carbon emissions, being leaders in sustainable healthcare and to advocate for policies which promote a healthy, sustainable Australia.

GP Workshop Schedule

Friday 13th April 2018


08:30 AM - 08:50 AM


08:50 AM - 09:00 AM

Climate Change and Health – what every doctor needs to know

09:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Diabetes and climate change - the great health threats of our time

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Morning Tea Break

11:00 AM - 11:20 AM

Climate change and General Practice - specific issues for primary care

11:20 AM - 12:45 PM


12:45 PM - 01:30 PM

Air Pollution & Heat Waves

Speaker: Dr Ben Ewald
01:30 PM - 02:20 PM

Greening Primary Care - Practice-based Interventions to Reduce Our Environmental Impact in the Workplace

02:20 PM - 03:00 PM

Case Study: Benalla Church Street Surgery

03:00 PM - 03:30 PM

Afternoon Tea Break

03:30 PM - 03:40 PM

General Practice as a Base for Environmental Advocacy

Speaker: Dr Kim Loo
03:40 PM - 04:50 PM

Wrap Up and Evaluation

04:50 PM - 05:00 PM


05:00 PM

GP Workshop Speakers

Dr Nicole Sleeman

iDEA18 Workshops Co-ordinator

Dr Eleanor Evans

Dr Eleanor Evans

General Practitioner

Dr Ben Ewald

Dr Ben Ewald

Senior Lecturer Public Health, The University of Newcastle

Dr Karin Kochmann

Dr Karin Kochmann

General Practitioner, Springwood QLD

Dr Rosalie Schultz

Dr Rosalie Schultz

GP and Public Health Physician

Dr Gerard Brownstein

Dr Gerard Brownstein

General Practitioner, Benalla

Dr Michael Schien

Dr Michael Schien

GP, the University of Newcastle