Doctors for the environment is a voluntary organisation which is affiliated with an international organisation of the same name . It works to address the diseases-local ,national and global- caused by damage to the environment, such as health problems relating to climate change and pollution .

It has recently been focusing on the potential hazards of unconventional gases eg fracking. It provides scientific evidence to government and industry to influence policies highlighting the medical importance of the environment around us.

Doctors have a good understanding of the science behind emotive issues and as respected members of society have the potential to have significant impact on local and national opinion on environmental issues.

In further bad news on smoking, a British study has found smokers far more likely to experience depression and anxiety than non- or former-smokers (those who have quit for 12 months or more).

The study, the first of its kind, found that 18.3 per cent of smokers experienced symptoms of depression and anxiety, compared to 10 per cent of non-smokers and 11.3 per cent of former smokers.

The findings have prompted the conclusion that quitting tobacco helps improve both mental and physical health.

The British Health Foundation said the study refutes the notion that smoking alleviates anxiety and stress: the temporary feeling of relaxation is soon replaced by withdrawal symptoms and cravings, leaving the underlying causes of stress untreated.


Prevalence of current tobacco smoking among Australian adults, 1945–2013

newly published study* on the linkage between tobacco consumption and mortality has shown that up to two-thirds of deaths in Australian smokers can be attributed to the habit.

Further, current smokers are likely to die a decade earlier than non-smokers.

“Cessation reduces mortality compared with continuing to smoke, with cessation earlier in life resulting in greater reductions,” the research team* concluded.

The report drew on data contained in the milestone 45 and Up Study involving 204,953 NSW residents aged ≥45 years who joined thd study from 2006–2009.

A new CEO has been appointed to head the National Health and Medical Research Council. Distinguished medical researcher Professsor Anne Kelso AO will succeed Professor Warwick Anderson AO in this important role, Health Minister Sussan Ley has announced.

“Professor Kelso’s experience and expertise will be a great asset to Australia’s leading expert body for health and medical research and help Australia build on its reputation as a world leader in medical innovation,” the Minister said.

Professor Kelso’s roles have included Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Influenza, working on surveillance and vaccine policy relating to pandemic viruses, and providing technical advice to health ministers throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

She was also the Director of the CRC for Vaccine Technology from 2000-2006.


The conference dinner will be held at the now famous Museum of Old & New Art (MONA)

A leading health service administrator knighted for his role in improving British health care will be a keynote speaker at the March 18-20 “Sustainable Healthcare Transformation” conference in Hobart

Sir Robert Naylor has been a Chief Executive in the UK National Health Service for more than two decades. Currently he is CE of University College London Hospitals, which runs six major hospitals in central London. He was awarded a Knighthood ‘for services to healthcare’ in 2008, and received an Honorary Doctorate from Greenwich University in 2009.

The conference is hosted by Health Services Innovation Tasmania (HSI Tas), a Commonwealth funded centre within the University of Tasmania that is working with the State’s health providers to improve the quality and efficiency of the state’s hospital system through the Clinical Redesign process.