Putting knowledge into action at the 2023 Greening the Healthcare Sector Forum

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Climate and Health Alliance

Australia’s annual sustainable healthcare conference, Greening the Health Care Sector will be held in Perth this year for the first time. From 14-15 September, hundreds of people interested in improving the environmental footprint of healthcare and aged care will congregate at Fiona Stanley Hospital to connect, upskill, and share knowledge. If you can’t make it to Perth, no worries – you can join online too.

Empowering action for sustainable, climate resilient healthcare

The world is striving for a low carbon, sustainable, and climate resilient future – and healthcare delivery must change too. It’s evident we need to act – but how do we do it is a question we receive all the time at the Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA). These questions come in many forms:

  • How do we drive the shifts in our healthcare system needed to bring about change?
  • How do we engage our decision makers, suppliers, colleagues, and patients in the process?
  • How do we overcome barriers to progress?

The how will be a major focus at the forum, with the theme Empowering action for sustainable, climate resilient healthcare.

A diverse line-up of speakers, including people from healthcare, government, industry partners, and academia, will share their expertise on current research, policy, industry innovations and practical examples of sustainable healthcare. Topics covered will include how to reduce medical emissions, integrating climate change into leadership decision making and making medical practice more sustainable.

“As CAHA’s new CEO, I attended my first Forum in Newcastle in 2022. What struck me from the time I arrived was the commitment and enthusiasm of people there; so many attendees talked with me about feeling inspired, learning from others and making connections and how important the Forum was in helping them feel part of a wider community.  The energy was infectious.” Roland Sapsford, CEO, Climate and Health Alliance

Check out the early program – more speakers to be announced!

Early program for the 2023 Greening the Healthcare Sector Forum

Sustainable Healthcare Champion Award

We’re accepting nominations for our inaugural Sustainable Healthcare Champion award, to be presented at the Greening the Healthcare Sector Forum.

This award recognises a person or team who has demonstrated passion for sustainable, low-carbon, climate resilient, equitable, and effective health systems. They are someone who has gone above and beyond to bring about tangible change.

We invite you to nominate yourself or someone who inspires you by completing the nomination form.  This includes a 500-word summary of:

  • the project or initiative they’ve achieved,
  • the challenges they faced, and
  • the impact or outcomes their work has had.

Nomination someone here! Nominations close Friday 18 August. Nominees from Australia and New Zealand are eligible.  The winner will be selected by the forum steering committee and organising team. The award winner will be announced at the end of the Greening the Healthcare Sector Forum on Friday 15 September.


The forum is a beloved event for sustainable healthcare champions

Attendees of previous Forums have shared what they got out of the forum.

For Victoria, a manager in a state health department, a lightbulb went off when listening to Dr Peter Schneider from Queensland Health at the 2021 Forum.

“Something resonated with me about his work with health services and climate risk management… I contacted him afterward, resulting in the sharing of information and ideas about our two governments’ approaches.”

And for Andrea, a health service director, a great solution to reduce her service’s plastic waste was discovered.

“I was inspired by all of the passionate presenters and time with like-minded people. There was a stall there that had a variety of sterile paper based products – dishes, bowls and so on – that were great for use in my department.”

For more, check out the photos of the 2022 Greening the Healthcare Sector Forum.


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Register now!

Buy your tickets now! Discounts are offered for:

  • CAHA member organisations and their staff
  • CAHA individual members (Friends of CAHA)
  • Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Network (GGHH) Pacific member organisations and their staff
  • Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori Peoples
  • Students
  • A Group Viewing option is also available for organisations that want to stream the event at their own venue for staff.

The forum is proudly co-hosted by the Climate and Health Alliance, Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Network (GGHH Pacific), the WA Sustainable Development Unit and South Metropolitan Health Service.

Thank you to our Gold Sponsors, Linen Services Australia and CleanLIFE Medical.

Contact gghh@caha.org.au for more information.

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