Health

Climate change and health

There is increasing evidence that changing global temperatures will bring with it increased rates of mental health issues within our communities. A number of studies, including one from within Australia, suggest that heat waves are associated with increased hospital admissions for mental disorders and physical health issues. The rate of mood disorders and anxiety disorders is likely to increase as climate change progresses, putting additional strain on our mental health budget and health care system.

Privacy legislation

The lack of privacy legislation in Western Australia means there are inadequate protections for people’s rights to privacy. It also means WA is missing out on opportunities to participate in important research programs, which arise from the sharing of data across jurisdictions.

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