Key messages

  • The Department of Health and Human Services has prepared a pilot health and human services climate change adaptation action plan as the first step in a long-term process of building resilience to climate change.
  • In parallel with this plan, the department is also preparing an emissions reduction plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the department, and in health and human services funded agencies.
  • Together, the emissions reduction plan and the adaptation action plan will form an integrated climate change strategy, recognising that action in both these areas is urgently needed to protect the health and wellbeing of Victorians from the climate crisis.

Adaptation to climate change needs a systemic approach to prepare for actual and expected changes to:

  • minimise harm
  • act on opportunities
  • cope with the consequences.

Such strategic and planned adaptation to long-term climate change is different from responding to year-to-year climate variability or ongoing disaster risk management.

Therefore, an important part of planning for adaptation to climate change is building the capacity of organisations, processes and people to change.

The challenge of climate change adaptation adds to the task of managing a diverse and complex health and human services system that delivers high-quality services to Victorians.

The department recognises these challenges and we're leading climate change adaptation in health and human services. Our Pilot health and human services climate change adaptation action plan 2019-21 is the first step in a long-term process of building resilience to climate change. It will help the sector to further embed climate change considerations into policies, planning and operations, and to respond to the significant risks climate change poses to health and wellbeing and the health and human services system.

For more information, see the Pilot health and human services climate change adaptation action plan 2019-21 in PDF and accessible Word formats.

In parallel with this plan, the department is also preparing an emissions reduction plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the department, and in health and human services funded agencies.

Together, the emissions reduction plan and the adaptation action plan will form an integrated climate change strategy, recognising that action in both these areas is urgently needed to protect the health and wellbeing of Victorians from the climate crisis.

For more information, refer to the department's Environmental Sustainability Strategy.

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