Climate change, health and general practice in Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific position statement

The current and projected effects of climate change on health and equity led The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (the College) to believe that general practice has a key role to play in raising awareness of the impacts of climate change on health, in social leadership and the promotion of appropriate lifestyle choices, in advocating for health-protecting climate policy and in supporting health sector movement towards sustainable systems. First published in 2016, this position statement was updated in 2024 to show our support for actions that move Aotearoa New Zealand's health sector towards sustainability.

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