The fourth annual Greening the Healthcare Sector Think Tank was held on 20th November 2015 at Western Health in Footscray, Melbourne. Western Health is the home of Sustainability Officer Cath O’Shea and Dr Forbes McGain who have contributed to the health service’s leadership in implementing a comprehensive range of sustainability initiatives across several sites. Western Health is a member of the Pacific Region of the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals network, a project coordinated in Australia and New Zealand by the Climate and Health Alliance, with the support of Health Care Without Harm.
The health sector is increasingly engaging in efforts to transition to low carbon operations, reduce its environmental footprint, and contribute to better public health. The 2015 Greening the Healthcare Sector Think Tank provides an opportunity for those working in the health sector to share their experiences, hear firsthand case studies of change, talk to experts, hear about opportunities for collaboration, and contribute to a discussion about how to work together to accelerate progress within the health sector towards sustainable healthcare and hospital practices.
This innovative program also offers attendees to propose their own session
The Greening the Healthcare Sector Think Tank is hosted annually by the Climate and Health Alliance (Health Care Without Harm’s Strategic Partner in Australia) and GGHH’s founding member, the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA), in partnership with GGHH.
This fourth annual Think Tank is open to anyone with an interest in the topic, and is particular relevant for clinicians, health executives, researchers, educators, and those working in sustainability roles in health care.
- Patrick Tobin, Director of Policy, Catholic Health Australia
- Michele Burton, Drivers of Sustainability Project, Australian Conservation Foundation
- Dr Forbes McGain, Anaesthetist, Intensive Care Physician, PhD candidate
- Jane Carthey, Australian Health Design Council
- Paul Holman, Operations Manager, Ambulance Victoria
When: 20th November, 9 am to 4 pm.
Where: Mavis Mitchell Room, Footscray Hospital, 160 Gordon St, Victoria, Australia.
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Organized in parallel with the UN Climate Conference, this event brought together health care leaders from across Europe and around the world. Over 80 representatives from hospitals and health systems in France, Europe, the US, Asia, Africa and Latin America discussed strategies for reducing their carbon footprint, as well as healthcare leadership initiatives to protect public health from climate change.