Latest news on sustainability in healthcare initiatives September 2016
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Sustainable Healthcare News September 2016

This newsletter contains news from the sustainable healthcare sector, Global Green and Healthy Hospital network updates, reports, resources and events.
Asia hospitals declare commitment to becoming climate-resilient

Hospitals, health systems, and health organizations from all over Asia came together last August during the 2016 Green Hospitals Asia Regional Conference in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and, through the Yogyakarta Declaration, emphasized the need for governments and the health sector to act together towards addressing climate change and protecting public health and the environment. Read more
Anaesthesiologists reduce use of general anaesthetic gases to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

The Anaesthetic Department of Western Health has produced cost savings of approximately USD $22,500 per year and a reduction of 140 tonnes of CO2e emissions per year, by voluntarily reducing their use of general anaesthetic gases desflurane and nitrous oxide (which have high global warming potentials compared with sevoflurane or propofol) and attempting to use lower flows of gases in general. Read more
New Bendigo hospital to showcase green features
The new Bendigo Hospital will be among the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly hospitals in Australia. The new hospital, due for opening in late January 2017, has a range of environmental features including 770 rooftop solar panels, rainwater harvesting, an organic recycling unit in the kitchen, and a display screen to inform staff and the public on the building's energy, waste and water performance as well as to provide environmental education and tips. See the Bendigo Hospital media release and their project website for more info.
HCWH releases new film on its 20th anniversary

As part of their 20th anniversary celebration, Health Care Without Harm has just released Do No Harm, a short animated film telling the inspiring story of health care’s journey to embrace a broader mission that protects the health of patients and the environment. Read the media release and watch the Sundance-supported film here.
Welcome to new Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Pacific Region members:
  • Princess Alexandra Hospital, Queensland
  • Northeast Health Wangaratta, Victoria
They join an expanding network of hospitals engaging in sustainable healthcare. If you would like to find out more, visit the GGHH website.
Mater Misericordiae Limited has joined The 2020 Health Care Climate Challenge!
Congratulations to Mater for taking on the challenge! The Challenge currently has 90 participants, representing more than 9000 hospitals and health centers in 23 countries, who are demonstrating their commitment to protect public health from climate change. Find out more about the Challenge. For non-GGHH members, signing up automatically results in membership to GGHH.

The 2016 awards season for the Climate Champion Awards of the 2020 Challenge is now open. Find out how your organisation can be internationally recognised for your efforts in achieving low-carbon health care here!
Global Green and Healthy Hospitals member survey - Thank you for your feedback

Thank you to everyone who completed the GGHH member survey. The survey results demonstrate that Waste and Energy are the most common goals both globally and in the Pacific region, and that Leadership is an important focus here in Australia and New Zealand. The feedback from the survey helps us understand how the GGHH network aligns with your areas of interests, gives us insight into tools and resources that can support you in your work, and brings our attention to emerging areas of interest.
Low Carbon, High Performance: How buildings can make a major contribution to Australia’s emissions and productivity goals

Released by the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) and authored by ClimateWorks, this report provides a clear policy roadmap for Australia's building sector to help the country meet its Paris Climate Change Agreement targets of net zero emissions before 2050.

See the full report and summary report.
From carbon to coffin: Four infographics that show how climate change is affecting your health

Climate Nexus and the American Public Health Association have developed a series of infographics that illustrate the connection between climate change and all manner of life-threatening illness. These infographics can be used to educate people on how their health can be affected by climate change through effects like air quality impacts, rising temperatures, an increase in vector-borne diseases and extreme weather.
Victorians called to take the Take2 Pledge
TAKE2 is Victoria’s collective climate change action to help Victoria reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.  Individuals and organisations, including hospitals and health services, can pledge to show their commitment to taking actions on climate change. Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Foundation (Victorian Branch) have signed up as Founding Partners. Find out more about the pledge and how your organisation’s climate change leadership can be recognised and showcased. 
Project collecting and reusing surgical towels

The Little Blue Towels project is helping to divert from landfill the single-use towels that are used to dry sterilised hands before surgery. These towels are collected from participating hospitals across Victoria and Southern New South Wales, and then laundered and packaged by Laundry Mates, an enterprise owned and operated by people with disabilities living in or near Echuca, Victoria. Find out more here.

5th APAC Forum - Leading Healthcare Transformation
12-14 September 2016, Monday-Wednesday, Sydney, Australia

One of the largest health improvement conferences in the world, the APAC forum unites global thought leaders, frontline teams and contemporaries to create positive change in healthcare. The forum aims to:
  • inspire every person working in health
  • stimulate cross-sectorial and multi-disciplinary dialogue
  • nurture knowledge transfer
  • design and share best practice
  • enable each and every delegate to become a catalyst for change

Workshops: Advocacy and Campaigning on Climate Change and Health

26 September 2016, Monday, Sydney, Australia
17 October 2016, Monday, Melbourne, Australia

These free workshops provide an exciting opportunity for health professionals to learn strategic campaigning skills to support their advocacy for action on climate change. Preference will be given to representatives of health sector organisations/groups/institutions, however individuals are welcome to apply. All attendees must be either health professionals or working in the health sector.

Brought to you by the Climate and Health Alliance, the New South Wales Nurses and Midwives Association and World Wide Fund For Nature. Register on Eventbrite here.

Brought to you by the Climate and Health Alliance,  Australian Nursing and Midwifery Foundation (ANMF) Victorian branch and partners. To register your interest, email with the subject line 'Workshop on Advocacy and Campaigning on Climate Change and Health'.
IHEA National Healthcare Facilities Management Conference: ‘Managing Change/Changing Management’
19-21 October 2016, Wednesday-Friday, Adelaide, Australia

The conference aims to provide participants with the skills to succeed in an environment of change. Topic streams will include:
  • Health Transformation / Capital Projects
  • Risk & Emergency Management
  • Developments in Healthcare Facilities Management
  • Sustainability, Energy Efficiency & Climate Change
  • Infection Control through Improvements to Water, Air & Steam Quality
  • People Management
Lifestyle Medicine Australasia Conference
4-6 November 2016, Friday-Sunday, Melbourne, Australia.

This offers evidence-based knowledge, skills, tools and procedures for clinicians though participatory workshops with case studies and discussion, the latest translational scientific research from around the world, a deep exploration of determinants and systemic issues for health policy professionals, and an ‘Innovation & Enterprise’ future think tank lead by world experts, resulting in a consensus statement to be released to local and international media.
Melbourne Health: THINK GREEN Environment & Sustainability Expo
15 November 2016, Tuesday, Melbourne, Australia

The Expo aims to foster change, encourage new approaches to everyday challenges and build a supportive culture of healthcare professionals working towards sustainability and healthier environments. For more info, download the attached invitation (pdf file, 208kb).
One Health EcoHealth Congress
3-7 December 2016, Saturday-Wednesday, Melbourne, Australia

This ‘meeting of the minds’ for researchers, policy makers and practitioners who are working towards more integrated approaches and effective responses to complex global health challenges, will consider pressing global issues across these themes:
  • Creating a healthier world
  • Food and nutrition systems – feeding our world safely and sustainably
  • Responding to emerging diseases and invasive species
  • Integrating science, policy and action.
15th World Congress on Public Health
3-7 April 2017, Monday-Friday, Melbourne, Australia.

The Congress serves as an international forum for the exchange of knowledge and experiences on key public health issues, contributing towards protecting and promoting public health at a national and global level.  See the overview of the Congress program here.
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