Health impacts of climate change and sustainable healthcare

Research focus

Health Impacts of Climate Change and Sustainable Healthcare

We use digital health as a platform to deliver more efficient healthcare. Our research approach is based on the concept of One Health, a philosophy that connects public health, animal health, plant health and environmental health.

Our vision is to help empower communities to adapt to climate change by developing health resilience, with particular focus on maternal and child health and wellbeing. Our research approach is based on the concept of One Health, a philosophy that that connects public health, animal health, plant health and environmental health. It simply means that the human health is intertwined and interdependent on the health of our environment.

Our research program combines expertise in medical science, nursing science and digital health to develop health interventions through collaborative, multisectoral and transdisciplinary approach and in collaboration with community.

Focus lead

Focus research team

Current projects

  • Evaluation of effective digital health technologies in low to low-medium resource countries to support maternal and child health

    Digital health technologies represent a paradigm shift in healthcare. This project aims to evaluate existing digital health technologies to support the delivery of preventative healthcare measures that alleviate the impact of climate change on mothers and babies in low to low-medium resource countries. This project is done in collaboration with Monash Malaysia Medical School.

  • Empowering nursing workforce to communicate the health impacts of climate change as means of building health resilience in climate-affected areas

    Focusing on the investigation of current practices in communicating health impacts of climate change to community, this project aims to determine the education needs of the nursing and midwifery workforce to more effectively engage with the community to help build community health resilience. This project is done in collaboration with Monash Climate Change Communication Hub.

  • TEvaluation of web-based consumer health information content addressing climate change impact on health outcomes: readability, understandability and quality

    Evaluating existing web-based resources systematically and structurally for consumers, particularly those considered as belonging to vulnerable population groups, seeking to obtain information on how climate change will impact their health and what preventative strategies are available to consumers to implement as means of alleviating at least some of these challenges.

  • Climate change and nursing practice

    Identifying the amount and nature of information available on professional nursing organisation websites that nurses can access to meet their professional responsibilities in addressing the impact of climate change on consumer health and wellbeing.

  • Using telehealth consultations for healthcare provision to patients from non-Indigenous racial/ethnic minorities

    The visibility and significance of telehealth has increased dramatically in recent years. This project presents a systematic review of studies that explored the use of telehealth for people from racial/ethnic minority populations in relation to health outcomes, access to care, implementation facilitators and barriers, and satisfaction with care.

  • The impact of telehealth on health service access for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) kidney transplant patients compared to non-CALD kidney transplant patients

    This retrospective case-control study will investigate the impact of telehealth on health service access for CALD kidney transplant patients compared to non-CALD kidney transplant patients. It is hypothesised that CALD patients will have reduced health service use compared to non-CALD patients as a result of telehealth. This study will reveal whether the addition of telehealth consultations has caused increased health inequities for CALD groups compared with non-CALD patient groups. This study will also provide valuable insights into the success and accessibility of using telehealth in the management of patients with chronic illness (eg. kidney transplant patients) who require long-term follow up with a health service.

  • Communication strategies in the intensive care units during COVID-19: Impact on CALD communities

    This project examines the communication models in the Australian intensive care units during COVID-19 pandemic with particular focus on telehealth and its impact on CALD communities. Led by Dr Pauline Wong and Dr Mandy Truong, the project aims to identify best practice to meet the needs of CALD communities so that the future practice can be optimised.

  • Impacts of digital health technologies on nursing pre-registration education practices

    With increasing need to implement real life digital healthcare technologies in pre-registration nursing degrees, this project investigates the existing curriculum barriers to successful implementation of these technologies into the classroom and how educators need to respond to such barriers.