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Public Health Doctors to Debate Health Risks of Environmental Change

November 15, 2007 12:01 AM


For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429.

*NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, NHS Lanarkshire, NHS Ayrshire and Arran, NHS Forth Valley, NHS Dumfries and Galloway.

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 "We need to take this opportunity to move from scepticism to action."

Dr de Caestecker believes the conference is an opportunity to make progress: "The Annual Public Health Conference is a major event in the calendar of all of us who work in public health. By putting major global issues like the environment and sustainability at the top of our agenda now, we can look seriously at how our day-to-day work in years to come will be affected by them and what we can do in practical terms.

Among the speakers over the two days of the conference - to be held at Airth Castle - is Sir Ken Collins, Chairman of the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, who will speak to delegates on the Key Environmental Challenges for the 21st Century. Other delegates will look at the challenges Scotland's public health professionals will face with regard to the ageing population, ethics and the law and the social factors affecting health.

"As medical professionals, it's the duty of the public health community to think responsibly and creatively about how we adapt health services to meet these new needs."

 "Only last month, I outlined some of the risks caused by climate change in the Director of Public Health's Report. But the NHS has a great opportunity to promote sustainability. We're a major employer and a large-scale provider of goods and services, so we are in the fortunate position of being able to influence things.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's Director of Public Health Dr Linda de Caestecker is one of the key driving forces behind the event. She wants the profession to take more notice of the long-term health impact of changes to the environment: "Climate change and sustainability are two of the biggest challenges facing society today - and they are challenges to our society's health too.


Many of Greater Glasgow and Clyde's top public health experts are gathering with colleagues from across the country over the next two days for Scotland's Annual Public Health Conference. Organised by the Faculty of Public Health in conjunction with the West of Scotland NHS Boards*, the Conference will hear calls to make the country's changing environment among the profession's top priorities.

 

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