World Health Day: Our Planet, Our Health

This World Health Day, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is drawing attention to the importance of the interlinkages between the health of our planet, and our own health, with their theme: Our Planet, Our Health.

The year’s theme is a big show of support for ‘One Health’ approaches.

The idea of “One Health” is built on the understanding that animal health, human health and the health of the shared environment in which we live are deeply interconnected. This means that the health and well-being of one part of that system, affects the health and well-being of all other parts of the system.

‘One Health’ is a relatively new scientific movement, but as concept, has been practiced by Indigenous peoples globally for millennia.

Understanding the importance of the relationships between animal, human and environmental health, AMRRIC has been delivering One Health Programs for decades. We work in partnership with rural and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to improve the health of cats and dogs, which, in turn, helps to create healthier, safer and happier communities.

How do AMRRIC’s Programs contribute to One Health in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities?

By working with communities to facilitate access to veterinary services, deliver animal-focused education and training, and advocate for evidence based animal management strategies, AMRRIC’s One Health Programs:

  • Improve animal health and welfare
  • Improve human health and wellbeing
  • Enhance empathy development
  • Improve community amenity and safety
  • Enhance cultural connections
  • Result in fewer unwanted animals
  • Reduce negative impacts on wildlife and ecosystems
  • Reduce biosecurity risks

These benefits extend far beyond just animal health and welfare, and also improve human and environmental health and wellbeing.

This year’s World Health Day, AMRRIC are celebrating One Health and intrinsic and multi-layered connections that support the health of people, animals and the planet.