Dr Elizabeth (Liz) Hanna was President of the Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) for 6 years until 2017. She joined the Australian National University late in 2008, to work with Prof Tony McMichael on Climate Change and Health. While at ANU, Dr Hanna convened Australia’s National Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Human Health, spanning all areas that climate change affects human health and wellbeing.
Liz designed and conducted climate change vulnerability assessments for Australia and the Pacific Island Nations as a government consultant. Her own research focuses on adaptation to climate change, disasters, fires and predominantly in the area of heat exposures urban and rural settings.
Her most recent work analysed the increasing heat risks for Northern Australia by examining the climatic data since 1911, and future projected warming on the impacts to human health and societal functioning. She directed the ‘Working in the Heat’ Program, measuring occupational heat exposures, acclimatisation limits and protective adaptation policies.
Prior to moving to the ANU, Dr Hanna lived in North East Victoria for 10 years on a merino wool and beef property, where she was Assistant Director of Nursing at Wangaratta Base Hospital, and Foundation Head of the School of Nursing at La Trobe Uni Shepparton Campus. Her PhD investigated Australia’s reliance on Agricultural and Veterinary chemicals, exposure patterns, health protection behaviours, health outcomes as well as health protection offered by the health sector and Australia’s Chemical Management Framework.