Global Green and Healthy Hospitals

Are you part of the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals (GGHH) Network

The GGHH network is a vibrant international community of hospitals, health systems and health organizations, dedicated to reducing their ecological footprint and promoting public and environmental health. The network connects and supports people leading the environmental agenda in healthcare institutions so they can share best practices and find solutions to common challenges.

GGHH is FREE to join. It is an initiative of the Climate and Health Alliance’s international partner, Health Care Without Harm. CAHA coordinates the network in Australia and New Zealand.

GGHH has its foundation in a comprehensive framework of 10 interconnected goals for the health sector to address and promote greater sustainability and environmental health. These goals are outlined in the GGHH Agenda.

Below are two case studies from Pacific Network members, examples of some of the many resources available through the GGHH network. 

GGHH also runs the Green Health Challenges. The Challenges are data-driven initiatives, designed to help healthcare organizations commit to sustainability goals and track their own environmental projects and efforts.

If you would like to find out more about GGHH and/or share the sustainability achievements of your health institution, we'd love to hear from you. Contact the GGHH Project Officer in the Pacific Region via

A GGHH Pacific Region summary document is available here.

As of March 2018, there are 41 GGHH members in the Pacific region, representing 797 hospitals and health services.

GGHH Pacific region members include:


New South Wales

South Australia




New Zealand


Sustainable Healthcare Newsletter


Our Sustainable Healthcare newsletter contains news from the sustainable healthcare sector, Global Green and Healthy Hospitals network updates, reports, resources and upcoming events. Subscribe to the newsletter here.


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October 2015 


2017 Healthcare Environmental Sustainability Forum, 1-2 June 2017

Western Centre for Health Research and Education (WCHRE), St Albans
Presented by the Institute for Healthcare Engineering Australia, Western Health and the Climate and Health Alliance, and supported by the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association

This Forum provided an opportunity for people from diverse health backgrounds to learn, network and collaborate, and ultimately to further our environmental sustainability in healthcare work. The two days provided a mix of presentations, research, innovation and case studies, culminating in a panel discussion focused on pertinent topic issues. 

Please click here for the forum report. Speakers' presentations can be found below. Video recordings, where available, will be uploaded shortly.

Day one addressed the rising cost of energy, offering alternative energy technologies, energy efficiency, and innovative solutions for healthcare. 


Ben Skinner, Australian Energy Market Operator: The Future of Energy Prices and Supply Security Click here for presentation.

Tiernan Humphrys, Department of Health and Human Services: Driving Energy Efficiency and Performance in the Health System  Click here for presentation.

Craig Marshall, Focus Energy: Energy Efficiency, Building Tuning and the BMS

Andrew Ostoja, Ecosave Consulting: Alternate Power Systems for Healthcare

Andrew Pintar, GreenLand Systems: Solar Thermal Collectors for Heating Hot Water Generation

Emma Jacobs, Department of Environment Land Water and Planning: VEET - Make it Work for You

Richard Keech, Beyond Zero Emissions: The Gas Free Hospital

Day two focused on local action and environmental change in the healthcare environment, waste minimisation and behaviour change.


Fiona Armstrong, CAHA: A National Strategy for Climate, Health and Well-being for Australia

Carol Behne, CAHA: Global Green and Health Hospitals Pacific Region Update

Scott Slotterback, Health Care Without Harm: Environmentally Sustainable Healthcare Practices Around the World - Examples from international GGHH network members

Catherine O'Shea, Western Health: Local Sustainability Actions Plans at Western Health

Ngaire McGaw, Mater Health Services: Space for Waste and Steps Towards Sustainable Clinical Models - GGHH inspired progress

Frank Megans, Kooweerup Regional Health Service: Green Sustainable Futures - a Small Rural Health Service Approach

Anthea White, Melbourne Health: Sustainability Initiatives at Coburg Dialysis Unit, Melbourne Health

Grace Wong, Western Health: Greening the Pharmacy

Mark Boulet, BehaviourWorks: Behaviour Change for Environmental Sustainability
Access the paper Mark referenced by Michie et al. The behaviour change wheel: A new method for characterising and designing behaviour change interventions here.

Environmental Research Presentations: 

Dr Forbes McGain, Western Health: The Financial and Environmental Costs of Reusable and Single Use Anaesthetic Equipment

Dr Forbes McGain, Western Health: The Environmental Footprint of Morphine

Ron Lau, Western Health: The Environmental Footprint of Septic Shock Patients in the ICU

Thank you to our Forum sponsors:


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