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Greening the Health Sector

Australia has good healthcare but it can come at a high environmental cost. We will help the health sector to reduce pollution and waste.

The Greens will create a Health Sustainability Unit which will deliver leadership to help drive behaviour change, provide expert advice and support to the healthcare sector.

The Health Sustainability Unit will:

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Greens announce Health Sustainability Unit policy

Australian Greens health spokesperson, Senator Richard Di Natale, today announced the Greens policy for a Health Sustainability Unit that would help bring down the environmental footprint of the healthcare sector.

“Climate change presents one of the greatest threats to human health in the modern world so it makes no sense for our healthcare system to be such a big contributor to the progress of climate change,” said Senator Di Natale.

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Greens announce national health package

Christine Milne 28 Aug 2013

Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne joined Greens health spokesperson Dr Richard Di Natale in Canberra today to launch the Greens' $9 billion national health package.

"In a caring society, every Australian should have the right to good quality healthcare," Senator Milne said.

"The Greens' national health policy is about making sure that your health doesn't depend on your bank balance or your postcode.

"The Greens stand up for what matters and that's why we've made investment in healthcare a priority for this election."

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Health for all: Greens investing in healthcare

Every Australian deserves good healthcare. Where you live, or how much money you earn, shouldn't decide how well you get looked after when you are sick. The Greens are standing up for universal, quality healthcare at this election.

We cannot risk Tony Abbott making extreme cuts to healthcare services which will hurt millions of people - but by caving into big business and mining lobbyists, the Labor Party has missed opportunities to raise revenue to fund better healthcare for Australians.

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Focus On Hearing Health

1 in 6 Australians suffer from some degree of hearing loss, expected to increase to 1 in 4 by 2050. Hearing loss hurts people in education, employment and social situations, and costs Australia almost $12 billion a year.

A Parliamentary inquiry found in 2009 that hearing health was not a national priority. The Greens want to change that. That's why we're announcing our $368.2 million hearing health plan, to put it on the agenda this Hearing Awareness Week.

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A Clean Air Act for Australia

Christine Milne 24 Aug 2013

It's time we took the air we breathe more seriously. Industries continue to pump dangerous emissions into our atmosphere that have huge costs to human health - and Australia's air quality protections are lagging behind.

The Greens will deliver a Clean Air Act to cut toxic pollution and help keep our most precious resource clean and healthy.

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Abbott disguises cuts as health policy

Australian Greens health spokesperson, Senator Richard Di Natale, said today that the Coalition’s health policy completely fails to deal with major health challenges facing the nation.

“Tony Abbott is trying to disguise future cuts to primary care and prevention as health policy,” said Dr Di Natale.

“What’s clear is that Medicare locals and the Preventive Health Agency ANPHA face the axe under an Abbott government.

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