Planetary health - what is it and why is it important?

There is no doubt that our planet and its climate are changing as a result of human actions. We're now faced with more extreme weather events, declining biodiversity, and increasing degradation and pollution of natural environments.

Planetary health is defined as the health of human populations and the state of the natural systems on which it depends. Urgent attention and action is required to address the extensive damage that humans have created and acknowledge our health is intrinsically linked to the health of the planet.

Our Monash experts Dr Selina Lo and Professor Yuming Guo spoke in their webinar about the impacts of planetary health on our health and wellbeing, climate change and what we all need to do to reverse the damage.

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Event Details

Time: 12:00 - 1:00pm AEST

Date: Tuesday 22 June 2021


Dr Selina Lo

Dr Selina Lo is a senior research fellow at Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MDSI). Selina is a medical graduate from the University of Melbourne in 1993 with a post-graduate degree in public and international law focusing on trade, human rights, and health. Selina has previously worked for Doctors without Borders leading medical humanitarian project teams in Kabul, Afghanistan, Rakhine State, Myanmar, Bangladesh, China, and Thailand. She was the medical director for Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines based in Geneva, and Clinical Advisor to the Clinton Foundation based at the national Chinese Centre for Disease Control HIV AIDS unit. Selina was also the inaugural Executive Officer for Doctors for the Environment Australia.

Selina Lo is a consulting editor to The Lancet. Prior to this she was The Lancet's Senior Editor based in Beijing and London responsible for global and planetary health commissions. She holds honorary affiliations at the University of Melbourne School of Population and Global Health and the United Nations University Institute of Global Health, Malaysia. She is a patron of the board of Global Ideas, and sits on the steering committee of SESH Global: building capacity to crowdsource financing for lower income country researchers in infectious diseases.


Professor Yuming Guo

Dr Yuming Guo is professor of Global Environmental Health and Biostatistics & Head of the Monash Climate, Air Quality Research (CARE) Unit. He is supported by an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (Level 1 & 2). He was awarded Master of Medicine (2009) and PhD (2012) from Peking University and Queensland University of Technology, respectively. Before moving to to Monash University in March 2017, he held appointments at the University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, and Peking University.