Professor Sharon Friel is Professor of Health Equity and Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Governance at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet). She was Director of RegNet from 2014-2019. Sharon is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences.
RegNet Director, Professor Sharon Friel’s latest book Climate Change and the People’s Health (OUP), has been featured in The Guardian in an article looking at the complex relationship between climate change and the social determinants of health.
The book looks at how the impacts of climate change can exacerbate and amplify existing health inequities. Sharon raises the example of the impact of Hurricane Katrina on disadvantaged communities where, “…it was the lower-income groups, and in particular children and the elderly, who were at increased risk of developing severe mental health symptoms compared with their peers in higher income groups”.
The book calls for more work to tackle the “consumptagenic system…a network of policies, processes and modes of understanding and governance that fuels unhealthy, inequitable and environmentally destructive production and consumption”.
Read the entire article in The Guardian.
Find the book at Oxford University Press.