Australia: join the nuclear ban treaty

Australia: join the nuclear ban treaty

Right now, the risk of nuclear war is growing. 

No meaningful medical response to any use of nuclear weapons is possible, under any circumstances: the only option is prevention. Their abolition is a medical and public health imperative.

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) is in force as of 22 January 2021. 

The global campaign for the TPNW was initiated in Australia by medical and other health professionals.

Now, it's time our own government accepts our professional advice and commits to signing and ratifying the nuclear ban treaty. 

Medical and health professionals and organisations in Australia ...

Right now, the risk of nuclear war is growing. 

No meaningful medical response to any use of nuclear weapons is possible, under any circumstances: the only option is prevention. Their abolition is a medical and public health imperative.

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) is in force as of 22 January 2021. 

The global campaign for the TPNW was initiated in Australia by medical and other health professionals.

Now, it's time our own government accepts our professional advice and commits to signing and ratifying the nuclear ban treaty. 

Medical and health professionals and organisations in Australia and abroad have endorsed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons as the most effective measure to protect people and planet from the harms of nuclear weapons.

Give the Health Minister some sound advice and help prevent a global nuclear disaster.

International health and humanitarian organisations endorsing the nuclear ban: International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, World Medical Association,International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, International Council of Nurses, World Federation of Public Health Associations. 

Australian health and humanitarian organisations endorsing the nuclear ban: Medical Association for Prevention of War, Australian Medical Association, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, Australian Public Health Association, Australian College of Emergency Medicine, Royal Australian College of Physicians. 

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Give the Health Minister your advice

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons makes nuclear weapons illegal from 22 January 2021. Australia has not yet signed the treaty. 

By asking the Health Minister to recognise the evidence on the devastating consequences of any use of nuclear weapons, we can help bring our own nation closer to signing and ratifying the nuclear ban treaty.

 

Dear The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health,

CC: The Hon Chris Bowen MP, Shadow Minister for Health

As the Minister responsible for the health of the Australian people, I urge you to take action on the growing risk of use of nuclear weapons.

There could be no meaningful medical response to any use of nuclear weapons: the health, humanitarian, and environmental consequences are devastating and long lasting.

I urge you to accept the advice of Australian health professionals, based on compelling and irrefutable evidence, and recognise that:

- Nuclear weapons must never be used, under any circumstances, and;
- It is a medical and public health imperative to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons.

You have the power and obligation to act on the evidence and take preventative action on nuclear weapons. Please use your position to ensure Australia signs and ratifies the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.