Environmental Determinants of Health Webinar #1 – From Earth to Health

The Centre for Healthcare Knowledge & Innovation’s Environmental Determinants of Health Webinar Series is a four-part deep-dive webinar series exploring practical strategies to integrate environmental factors into patient care and policies that prioritise environmental health. It is facilitated by Professor Tony Capon, Director of Monash Sustainable Development and an internationally recognised public health physician and authority on environmental health and health promotion.

Webinars will be held 10, 17, 24 and 31 May, 12:30pm – 1:45pm. Register for all four webinars here: https://bit.ly/edoh-chki

Can’t make the live events? Register anyway and be sent the link to the recordings.

Webinar 1: From Earth to Health

Understanding the Environmental Determinants of Health and the Impact of Climate Change

Date and Time: Friday 10 May 2024 | 12:30pm – 1:45pm
This webinar explores the direct and indirect health effects of climate change and the major role clinician-researchers play in shaping health outcomes that are influenced by environmental shifts. This webinar serves as a powerful starting point for an in-depth exploration of the environmental determinants of health, and it will empower you to think critically about integrating environmental determinants into current and future work programs.  
Content covered includes: 
  • The major role that clinician-researchers play in influencing health outcomes impacted by climate change
  • Climate change and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Direct and indirect impacts on health from altered natural and social systems
  • The importance of community and infrastructure resilience and public health education



Professor Fiona Armstrong: School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University

Fiona Armstrong is a registered nurse, social entrepreneur, public policy expert, and researcher, author, and reform advocate whose qualifications and experience span a range of disciplines and sectors. She has a background in health, journalism and communications, politics and public policy. She is a global leader in the area of climate and health advocacy and has conceived and led a number of internationally significant projects in this area. Fiona was the Founder of the Climate and Health Alliance, Australia (CAHA), the first ever national coalition of health groups advocating for action on climate change from a health perspective. CAHA is recognised internationally as a leading organisation in advocacy, research translation, communications, and health sector engagement on climate change and health. 

Associate Professor Veronica Matthews: Co-Lead CRE STRIDE, University Centre for Rural Health, Lismore

Veronica Matthews is from the Quandamooka community, Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) who lives and works on Bundjalung Country as a Wingara Mura Leadership Program Fellow at the University Centre for Rural Health, the University of Sydney.  She has more than 15 years’ experience working in Indigenous health from program delivery and policy to research. She holds a PhD from the University of Queensland in environmental toxicology, has a Bachelor of Science and a Grad. Cert. (Epi) and is currently undertaking a Master of Applied Epidemiology through the Australian National University. Veronica has expertise in environmental health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health care systems research, with a particular focus on community engagement and resilience.  Dr Matthews has advanced epidemiological skills, strong established networks and relationships in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health care sector and experience with facilitating grass-roots community-based participatory research.


Professor Thomas Astell Burt
Population Health and Environmental Data Science at the University of Wollongong

Thomas Astell-Burt is the Professor of Cities and Planetary Health at the University of Sydney’s School of Architecture, Design and Planning. He is also an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in nature-based solutions for loneliness, a Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher, and is ranked 1st out of 10,000 globally for nature and health research. Thomas’s ARC, NHMRC and MRFF-funded research involves collaborating, co-producing, and communicating studies positioned to create healthier cities for all, and uses ‘social prescribing’ to (re)connect people with things in cities that can enable flourishing, such as green spaces. Prof Astell-Burt is the Expert Chair of Nature-Based Solutions in the Australian Social Prescribing Institute for Research and Education (ASPIRE) and a long-standing member of the Western Sydney Diabetes Leadership Alliance. His research has influenced urban planning and health policies in Australia and around the world.


Learn more about the next three panels here: www.thecentrehki.com.au/events/edoh-series




RSVP Here by Fri 10 May, 05:00 pm

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Venue: Webinar

Date/Time: Fri 10 May 2024, 12:30 pm - 01:45 pm AEST

Event Organiser: Centre for Healthcare Knowledge & Innovation

Contact: Bronwyn Thirkell

Phone: 0493664354

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Aged Care Disaster Management Planning

Strategic Priority Area: One team

North Coast is identified as the region most likely to be impacted by climate change in Australia and also forecasted greatest growth in those 65+.

Healthy North Coast takes a lead role in ensuring the older population and the sector that supports them are prepared for, can respond to and recover from disasters and other emergencies.

We have led eight regional disaster management capacity building workshops, bringing together SES, community organisations and the aged care sector.

We have also developed disaster preparedness tip sheets for both residential and community aged care providers.

Voluntary Assisted Dying

Strategic Priority Area: One team

In May 2022, the NSW Parliament passed the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2022. Effective from Tuesday, 28 November 2023, eligible people have the choice to access voluntary assisted dying. 

Healthy North Coast has developed a webpage for both health professionals and consumers, with links to available information and resources.

Living with Dementia resources

Strategic Priority Area: No one is left behind

Healthy North Coast has worked with people living with dementia, their families and local service providers to develop an information booklet that will help them connect with local and national supports along their journey.

The booklet includes commonly asked questions for people to ask their GP and/or specialist.

The resource is available in digital and printed copies, with more than 5,000 distributed across the region. An e-version is available to clinicians via the Dementia and Cognitive Impairment HealthPathway.

Deteriorating Resident Triage Tool Pilot

Strategic Priority Area: One team

The Deteriorating Resident Response Tool (DRRT) has been developed to guide RN’s in Residential Aged Care homes (RACHs) to better understand, anticipate and make clinical decisions responding to the deteriorating health of residents.

The objective of the DRRT is to give RACH staff clear information to triage and provide appropriate care for a range of residents’ health conditions, and, in turn, prevent unnecessary presentations to ED.

The tool has been designed together with a specialist geriatrician, consulting with stakeholders such as Residential Aged Care Managers, NSW Ambulance, GPs, and experts from Mid and North Coast LHDs.

The pilot commences in March with four participating RACHs. Evaluation measures will include effectiveness in building RN confidence and reported reduction in unnecessary hospitalisations. Findings will inform a future planned, region-wide implementation.

North Coast Care Finders Program

Strategic Priority Area: No one is left behind

The Care Finders program is a free region-wide service to support vulnerable older people who have no-one else to help them, to learn about, apply for and set up support services.

Care finders can help people understand what aged care services are available, set up an assessment, and find and choose services. They also help people with access to other supports in the community, both accessing services for the first time and changing or finding new services and supports.

On the North Coast, Healthy North Coast has commissioned four organisations to provide this important service: EACH, Carexcell, Lifetime Connect and Footprints.

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Psychological services in residential aged care homes

Strategic Priority Area: Improving Lives Now

Healthy North Coast commissions two service providers to deliver psychological therapies and supports for older people with, or at risk of developing, a mental illness and who are living in residential aged care homes (RACHs).

The aim of the program is to both provide direct support to residents and their families and carers, as well as upskill the RACH workforce to respond to the needs of residents presenting with mental health concerns.

Social prescribing (Healthy Me Healthy Community)

Strategic Priority Area: Securing a Healthier Future

Delivered by Feros Care, the Healthy Me, Healthy Community program aims to build individual and community connections to reduce loneliness and improve wellbeing in Port Macquarie.

The program helps people to connect with community, activities, supports and services that address their broader social determinants of health, as an alternative or supplement to a clinical approach.

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Digital Health in Residential Aged Care

Strategic Priority Area: Improving Lives Now

Timely access to primary health care professionals, whether through face-to-face consultation or telehealth, is recognised as an issue for many Residential Aged Care Homes (RACHs), that in some cases can lead to potentially preventable hospitalisations. RACHs require adequate telehealth facilities to support access to virtual consultations for their residents.

Project goals

  • Assist participating RACHs to have appropriate telehealth facilities and equipment to enable their residents to virtually consult when needed with their primary health care professionals, specialists and other clinicians. 
  • Provide training to participating RACH staff to support them to have the capabilities to assist their residents in accessing virtual consultation services.
  • Encourage increased use of My Health Record by RACHs, to improve the availability and secure transfer of resident’s health care information between RACHs, primary care and acute care settings.
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Greater Choice at Home Palliative Care Program

Strategic Priority Area: Improving Lives Now

Aims to provide people who have life limiting conditions the opportunity to exercise choice and receive high quality care at home, harnessing improved and better coordinated supports and services that meet their individual needs.

Program objectives:

  • Improve access to palliative care at home and support end-of-life care systems and services (in primary health care and community care)
  • To enable the right care at the right time and in the right place (to reduce unnecessary hospitalisation)
  • Generate and use data to support continuous improvement of services across sectors
  • Use available technologies to support flexible and responsive palliative care at home, including in the after-hours.

These objectives will contribute to achieving the following intended overarching outcomes of:

  • Improved capacity and responsiveness of services to meet local needs and priorities
  • Improved patient access to quality palliative care services in the home
  • Improved coordination of care for patients across health care providers and integration of palliative care services in their region.

Education & training funding elibility

Funding is open to all primary care providers within disaster affected communities across the Healthy North Coast footprint.

Workforce Locum support and R&R funding criteria

  • Available to primary care services in disaster impacted communities within the Healthy North Coast footprint.
  • Available to support short-term workforce coverage, allowing clinicians to rest and recover.
  • Workforce-support funding in total is capped for each site, over a 12-month period:
    • $10k for GPs and/or
    • $5K for nursing and/or
    • $5k administration support and/or
    • $5K allied/pharmacy and other.
  • Funding is not to be used to fill gaps in staffing that have not been able to recruit to and not to replace existing staff.
  • Healthy North Coast will assess requirements and approve available funding directly with the service requesting support.
  • Priority will be given to sites that have immediate, short-term workforce support needs.
  • Requests will be reviewed and supported on a case-by-case basis.
  • Program funding administered via RCTI Agreement (Recipient Created Tax Invoice) to be paid monthly, or on completion of the placement (whichever comes first).
  • Practices will be required to complete a request for payment form monthly, or on completion of the placement (whichever occurs first).

Wellbeing Flexible Funding Criteria & Eligibility

  • Open to all primary care providers within disaster affected communities across the Healthy North Coast footprint.
  • Activity must be purposeful, with the aim of increasing the wellbeing of your team.
  • Requests will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, with funding allocated based on team size.*
  • Following approval by Healthy North Coast, funding will be administered via RCTI Agreement (Recipient Created Tax Invoice) upon providing proof of expenses.
  • Funding cannot be used for the purchase of alcohol, or any other goods or services where the vendor cannot quote their Australian Business Number.
  • Planned activities must occur prior to 30th June 2024.
  • Funding will not be available for retrospective activities.
*Team Size
(Total staff and contractors)
Funding Available
Small (1-5)$500-$1500
Medium (6-20)$1500-$4000
Large (>20)$4000-$5000