Opening Address

Dr Nick Watts

 

Dr Watts is the Chief Sustainability Officer of the NHS, responsible for its commitment to deliver a world-class net zero emission health service. Based in London, he leads the Greener NHS team across the country, which focuses on improving the health of patients and the public through a robust and accelerated response to climate change and the broader sustainability agenda.

Nick is a medical doctor licensed in Australia and the UK, and has trained population health and public policy. He is a Member by Distinction of the Royal College of Physicians’ Faculty of Public Health, and an Honorary Associate Professor of University College London’s Institute for Global Health. 

Prior to the National Health Service, Nick worked internationally as the Executive Director of the Lancet Countdown and the Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change, a collaboration of UN agencies and academic centres across the world. He has also focused on engaging the health profession on the links between public health and climate change, having founded both the Global Climate and Health Alliance and the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change.

Keynote Speakers

 

Dr Kate Charlesworth

 

Dr Janine Mohamed

 

Dr Kate Charlesworth (MBBS (Hons), MPH, FAFPHM, PhD) is a public health physician in Sydney.

After working as a hospital doctor in Australia, Kate completed much of her public health medicine training in the UK. She was a Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and then worked in the NHS’s national sustainability unit, the leading healthcare decarbonisation program in the world. 

Kate also has a PhD in low-carbon healthcare, and now works as a medical specialist in climate risk across Sydney North Primary Health Network and Northern Sydney Local Health District - the first such role in Australia. 

 

Dr Janine Mohamed is a proud Narrunga Kaurna woman from South Australia. Over two decades, she has worked in nursing, management, project management, research, workforce and health policy in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector, including as CEO at the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM). Janine is currently the CEO of the Lowitja Institute - Australia's National Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research.


She was awarded an Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity Fellowship in 2019, a Doctorate of Nursing honoris causa by Edtih Cowan University in 2020 and this year a Distinguished Fellowship with The George Institute for Global Health Australia. She is a regular spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health issues, including racism, cultural safety, climate change, the scoial and cultural determinants of health, workforce and Indigenous data sovereignty.

 

Opening Facilitator

Rev Bruce Moore

Bruce is part of the Executive Leadership Team at UnitingCare Queensland as the Director of Mission. UnitingCare is the health and community services provider of the Uniting Church, supporting annually over ½ million people and their communities through aged care, hospitals, disability services, and child and family support. 

Bruce is the Chair of the UnitingCare’s Environmental Sustainability Committee & Business Unit which has achieved many significant milestones towards its 5-year Environmental Sustainability Strategy and targets towards creating a healthier, fairer and greener world. 

Bruce has a rich experience in senior management positions within government, private business and the not-for profit sectors. He has worked as a Senior Consultant in leadership, team performance and cultural change. Prior to joining UnitingCare, Bruce was managing therapeutic residential care and foster care programs. He has been involved in child protection reforms in Queensland and is a founding member of the National Therapeutic Residential Care Alliance. Bruce has formal qualifications in theology, agriculture, environmental and behavioural science.  He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Member of the International Association of Teamwork Facilitators.


Session 2 Speakers | Net Zero Emissions: The Big Three - Buildings, Energy and Scope 3

 

 

 
 
Kate Copeland AO  

Associate Professor Wendy Miller

  Jack Hooper

Kate Copeland is the Executive Director, Strategy, Planning, Assets and Infrastructure, at Metro North Hospital and Health Service.  Her role includes health service strategy and planning, together with oversight for $3B capital assets and $2B capital projects. Her portfolio includes Strategy and Planning, Consumer and Community Engagement, Building Engineering and Maintenance Services (BEMS), Property Services, Asset Management, Infrastructure Planning and Capital Projects (IPCP), across six hospitals and multiple community facilities. 

Kate Copeland has more than 25 years’ experience in the health infrastructure sector, including statewide health services planning, and leading the planning, design and procurement for large-scale, high profile and complex health infrastructure projects within the public sector. 

Kate was recognised in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday awards as a Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division (AM) ‘for significant services to health infrastructure planning and management’.

 

Associate Professor Wendy Miller initiates and conducts multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary socio-technical research in energy efficiency, renewable energy and resilience in the built environment, in particular housing and healthcare facilities. In these settings her work includes a wide range of issues including the impact of climate change on buildings and occupants; the importance of resilience; and the interconnectedness of energy, indoor environment quality and occupant health.

She is also interested in the rise of prosumers and what this means to energy policy, regulations and markets. She participates in the International Energy Agency Annex 80 – Resilient Cooling in Buildings; and reviews and comments on proposed changes to the National Construction Code.

Her research is embedded in a systems thinking approach incorporating, for example, building simulation and modelling, building science, post-occupancy assessment, innovation diffusion, sociology, policy and economics.

 

Jack Hooper is the CEO of GEM Energy. GEM Energy was founded in 2013 with the simple intention of providing long-lasting, turn-key renewable energy solutions. The business has since had significant growth year on year with a total of $160M worth of commercial projects installed. They employ over 60 staff, have in-house Engineers, Project Managers and Consultants.

Jack has been the principal contact for the roll-out of solar PV, battery storage, and LED lighting for major commercial clients including Friendly Society Private Hospital, Australia Zoo, Cleanaway, Catholic Education Rockhampton and QUBE Logistics.

Pressure is growing on corporations, large to small, to transition their procurement of energy to 100% renewables and expectations are being driven right through the supply chain. GEM Energy are experts in providing an easy pathway for organisations to transition to 100% renewable energy with little to no CAPEX.

         
   

Judene Andrews

  Susan Wilburn   Dr Kate Wylie

Judene Andrews has been UnitingCare Queensland’s (UCQ) Manager for Environmental Sustainability since 2012. As the health and community services provider of the Uniting Church, UCQ has supported Queensland communities through aged care, hospitals, disability services, and child and family support for over 100 years. 

Based on the Uniting Church’s value of stewardship, UnitingCare is committed to protecting the environment and using energy and resources wisely. In particular, as an organisation whose services are focused on vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, the inequality caused by climate change makes reducing carbon emissions a priority. 

UnitingCare has already achieved many milestones towards emission reduction, in the last three years we have invested more than $4 million in energy efficiency upgrades, solar PV, decarbonised our passenger fleet, introduced innovative recycling streams into our hospitals and collaborated to foster best sustainability practices across our industry.

 

Susan Wilburn is the International Sustainability Director at Health Care Without Harm. Susan is an occupational & environmental health specialist (fields of study: nursing, public health, epidemiology).

Susan leads Health Care Without Harm’s work in collaboration with the UNDP, WHO and UN Environment on Sustainable Procurement, health care waste management and mercury elimination.

Prior to joining Health Care Without Harm in 2014, she worked at the Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health at World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva for eight years, where she coordinated the "greening hospitals" initiative, as well as the Protecting Health Workers - Preventing Needlestick Injuries project and led the development of the WHO-ILO global framework for national occupational health programs for health workers.

 

Dr Kate Wylie is a GP who is passionate about climate action and who believes that as a doctor it is her duty to advocate for a health based response to the climate health emergency.

Based in Adelaide (Kaurna Yerta), Dr Wylie chairs the RACGP's Climate and Environmental Specific Interest Group and works with Doctors for the Environment facilitating their After Hours webinar series and this year's DEA annual conference “iDEA2021: Planet, Health and Hope.” 

Dr Wylie knows that climate change is a health issue and believes that when we frame it as such, we invite the concept of treating it. She believes that GP's have a key role to play, as GPs are in every community across the country and are embedded in the communities they serve. By showing leadership on climate, GPs can show our communities the importance of climate action to protect the health of humanity and the planet upon which we rely.

         

 

       

Dr Ben Dunne

  Dr Kathryn Woolfield    
Ben Dunne is a Thoracic Surgeon at The Royal Melbourne Hospital with an interest in reducing the carbon footprint of healthcare delivery. As part of an effort co-ordinated by Doctors for the Environment Australia he is working to ensure that all new hospitals in Australia, including the new RMH campus and the rebuild of the existing RMH campus, will be powered entirely by renewable electricity.  

Dr Kathryn Woolfield is an Emergency Physician on the Sunshine Coast. She joined Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA) and became a member of the state committee in 2019 after realising the powerful voice that doctors and healthcare providers have in advocating for climate action and environmental sustainability. 

Her current focus is on obtaining concrete state and national emissions reduction targets and plans, as well as improving the sustainability of the healthcare system. She believes as clinicians, we have a duty of care to our current and future patients to reduce emission from healthcare delivery. 

   

Session 3 Speakers | Providing healthy, sustainably grown food | Implementing circular healthcare and sustainable healthcare waste management

 

 
Simone Ryder  

Stefanie Carino

  Dr Angela Genoni

Simone’s career has included work in the private and public sectors in Australia and New Zealand. Her previous experience includes roles in the New Zealand Debt Management Office, New Zealand Treasury, TV NZ, and positions around Oceania with Edge Computers Australia. 

More recently, Simone joined the Department’s Capital and Asset Services Branch to lead the Sustainable Infrastructure team. This team is responsible for improving Queensland Health’s environmental performance and reducing the impacts on the environment from our built infrastructure in partnership and collaboration with our Hospital and Health Service and stakeholders. 

Simone has a keen interest in sustainability, change management, behavioral economics, nudge theory and using design thinking to reach different outcomes by working collaboratively with Queensland Health professionals in achieving a low-carbon, resilient environmentally sustainable health system.

 

Stefanie Carino is an Accredited Practising Dietitian currently working in a novel role as a Sustainable Food Systems Dietitian at Eastern Health in Melbourne. She is in the final stages of her PhD in Monash's Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food. Her PhD explores environmental sustainability of hospital food services, using qualitative research methods to understand the barriers and enablers both locally and in exemplar hospitals around the world.

 

Dr Angela Genoni is the Nutrition and Research Development Lead at Doctors for Nutrition. She has a PhD in Nutrition (2018) and her research examined the long term effect of low carbohydrate diets on the gut microbiome. During the course of this research, it became very clear that plant-based diets comprised of high amounts of dietary fibre were optimal for gut health but also overall human health.

Dr Angela is also passionate about the environmental impact of our dietary choices and the massive environmental and health gains which can be made from switching to plant-based dietary patterns. Angela’s research has been published across several top nutrition journals and she is currently working on a large project as part of her role at Doctors for Nutrition modelling the economic, environmental and health gains applicable from moving Australian dietary patterns towards a whole food, plant-based diet. She is also a fitness addict, an avid swimmer, volunteer lifeguard, mum of three boys and proudly powered by plants.

         
   

Ashleigh Morris

  Jaine Morris   Dr Rose Cameron

As the CEO of Coreo, Ashleigh is on a mission to catalyse the global transition to a circular
economy by empowering organisations to make systemic change. She has an unwavering
commitment to be of service to the creation of an economy that respects and values people
and nature.

For her work pioneering business involvement in the circular economy, Ashleigh has presented to two Australian Prime Ministers, travelled with the Federal Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment to Japan on a Future Leaders, Future Cities Business Mission and represented Australia as a panellist and speaker at the World Circular Economy Forum
alongside the former European Commissioner for the environment. Ashleigh is outspoken on the need for Australia to build a more competitive economic model and actively innovates new sustainable business models. She is an Associate Professor of Griffith University, holds a Bachelor of Environmental Health Science with Faculty Commendation for academic excellence, 1st Class Honours in Environmental Management, and was awarded the highest honour a university can bestow - the University Medal.

 

As COO of Coreo, Jaine’s expertise lies in her capacity to take her clients on a circular exploration that is compelling, inclusive, and tangible. Underpinning engaging storytelling with deep operational expertise, Jaine's work has been recognised and celebrated, notably having been invited to share her views at the 2019 United Nations General Assembly.

In recognition of her unique and specialised experience actioning circular economies globally, Jaine has been appointed as an Associate Professor at Griffith University; A Technical Editor of Wiley’s publication ‘Circular Economy for Dummies’; Listed as number four in the world of
CSR Influence Leaders 2020; and invited to serve on the Property Council of Australia’s Circular Economy Committee. At her core, Jaine has retained her childlike enthusiasm and wonderment of the world. She loves people and loves being a part of creating something big that actually bloody matters. This passion enables her to mobilise communities and corporations to change behaviours with greater commitment, influence a broader cross section of stakeholders, and scale change faster to transition to a thriving future.

 

Dr Rose Cameron is an Anaesthetic Trainee living in Auckland, New Zealand, currently employed at Auckland Hospital. She is a steering committee member of TRA2SH (Trainee-led Research and Audit in Anaesthesia for Sustainability in Healthcare). TRA2SH is an independent trainee-led Australasian group focussed on stimulating positive culture change in sustainable practices in anaesthesia. Their overarching goals are to collaborate and innovate, find new solutions to waste production and management whilst up-holding a high standard of patient care.

Environmental sustainability in healthcare and at home, is a passion for her and she hopes to encourage others to do the same. She enjoys cycling to work and hiking in the bush when she is not at the hospital. Dr Rose is a member of the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists Environmental and Sustainability Network and sit on the ANZCA NZ training committee.

         

 

     

Rachael Jackson

  Dr Nellie Dick   Renae McBrien

Rachael currently works as a Clinical Nurse  in Emergency at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. She has over 15 years experience working in various Emergency Departments within Australia and the United Kingdom and has also worked for 1 year in a remote village hospital in Southern India as part of the Australian Volunteers Abroad program. 

Rachael is passionate about sustainability within her workplace and has established an Emergency Department Environment Team that has implemented a number of waste reduction strategies and procurement changes to help contribute to more sustainable practices within her department.

 

Originally from the Sunshine Coast, Dr Nellie Dick completed her Anaesthetics training within Southeast Queensland. Nellie’s professional interests including environmental sustainability, pain medicine, welfare and peri-procedure care of orthopaedic patients. Nellie has been involved in environmental sustainability within the theatre environment since 2017 helping to create the ‘AWARE’ group – anaesthetic waste and recycling enthusiasts. Nellie is currently an active member of the SCHHS environmental sustainability committee that formed in 2018 representing perioperative services.

In other areas, Nellie has led several successful initiatives within the Department of Anaesthesia, including management of the trainee mentorship program, ‘Just-in-Time Training’ for registrars, and in addition to her quality improvement work with hip fracture patients, she has also implemented an Enhanced Recovery After Knee Surgery protocol. Outside of work, Nellie is a passionate endurance athlete, environmentalist and dedicated mum to her 2 children. 

 

Renae McBrien is the Community, Horticulture and Environment Consultant for Children’s Health Queensland. She also works as a radiographer, with over 22 years of clinical health experience.   Renae McBrien is passionate about building sustainability into our health care system and has worked across many Brisbane hospitals to develop innovative ways to design waste out of health. 

Within her complex role, she also works as a Horticultural therapist and has established over 16 community gardens across Brisbane that actively capture community and commercial organic waste. Renae has developed the Allied Health ‘Sprouts’ program, which is a referral based horticultural therapy program that allows children and young people access to the rhythm and cycles of nature while in hospital.  

Renae’s work has recently been featured on the ABC War on Waste TV series which captured over 4 million views worldwide.  She has also been awarded the 2019 Brisbane City Council Waste Innovation Award and the 2020 Brisbane City Council Waste Champion Award. Renae is a finalist for the 2021 Brisbane Waste Champion Award.


Session 4 Speakers | Achieving a more effective health system

 

 
Prof Anthony Smith  

Prof Ian Scott

  Dr Lana Vestarkis

Professor Anthony Smith is the Director of The University of Queensland’s Centre for Online Health (COH) and Professor of Telehealth at the University of Southern Denmark. Professor Smith has sustained an exemplary international track record in the evaluation of telehealth, principally in paediatrics, adult and aged care disciplines. Research expertise includes the evaluation of feasibility, cost-effectiveness and user experience of telehealth. Professor Smith has over 210 publications in the field of telehealth and digital healthcare - and is one of the most productive telehealth authors worldwide. Professor Smith is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare — the leading journal in the field of telehealth.

 

Prof Ian Scott is consultant general physician and Director of Internal Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, and Professor of Medicine at University of Queensland. He is inaugural chair of the Metro South Clinical AI Working Group and the Australian Deprescribing Network. He has research interests in evidence-based medicine, clinical reasoning, clinical informatics, quality and safety improvement, and quality use of medicines. As a clinical lead for the NPS Choosing Wisely campaign, he is passionate about reducing low value care  which adds unnecessarily to the 7% of Australia’s greenhouse emissions generated by the healthcare sector, and he is a member of Doctors for the Environment, Australia.  

 

Dr Vestarkis is a Consultant Anaesthetist with a special interest in Obstetric anaesthesia and Retrieval Medicine. Currently completing a Masters in Perioperative Medicine, she is passionate about Sustainability in Healthcare and Quality Improvement Projects.

 

         
     

Dr Anna Pietzsch

  Assoc Prof Martin Hensher    

Dr Anna Pietzsch is an anaesthetic SMO based at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. She has a special interest in perioperative medicine and sustainability in healthcare, and is motivated to make positive changes in the way we care for our patients.

 

 

Martin Hensher is Associate Professor of Health Systems Financing and Organisation in the Institute for Health Transformation (IHT) at Deakin University; he is also the Deputy Director of Deakin Health Economics. Current research includes the economic evaluation of telehealth and digital health interventions, and strategies and interventions to reduce overuse and low value care; minimising the ecological footprint of healthcare; and integrating insights and techniques from ecological economics with health economics.

 

Associate Professor Hensher has over thirty years’ experience in health management, planning and financing in the UK, Australia, Africa, Europe and Central Asia. He was the senior economic adviser to the Chief Medical Officer and the National Health Service Medical Director in the Department of Health England, before moving to Australia where he spent seven years as a Director in the Tasmanian Department of Health.

 

 

         

Session 5 Speakers | Climate resilience

 

 
Sue Cooke  

Dr Peter Schneider

  Prof Claudia Baldwin

Sue Cooke has over 30 years’ experience in health in Australia including Government policy development and advisory roles, health and climate change policy and education, climate resilient health systems and adaptation planning, health promoting settings, children and young people’s health, community empowerment and transition. 

As a consultant with the Climate and Health Alliance, Sue was a co-author of the 2018 Human Health and Wellbeing Climate Adaptation Plan (H-CAP) and an advisor in the development of the Queensland Health Climate Change Adaptation Planning Guidance tools for Hospitals and Health Services.    

She is an adjunct lecturer Griffith University, where she has been teaching about Climate Change and Public Health since 2009, and is currently co-leading an Action Research project called "Facilitating a Climate Resilient and Sustainable Healthcare System" as part of the Griffith University's Climate Action Beacon program 2021-2026.  

 

 

Dr Peter Schneider currently works at Queensland Health and has been a project lead and key contributor to the development of the Queensland Health Climate Adaptation Guideline, Climate Risk Strategy, and the Queensland Health Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health Plan. 

Peter has had significant management and research experience in the areas of toxicology, oceanography, water supply, and natural resource management, and has worked as a CEO, Executive Manager, researcher and industry consultant in the private, academic, non for profit and State Government sectors. 

Peter has previously received the NSW public service gold award for work in the environment as well as other industry based awards for initiatives he has been fortunate enough to be involved in.

 

Professor Claudia Baldwin, is the co-director of the Sustainability Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast. Prior to academia she worked for Queensland, Commonwealth governments and international agencies, providing inspiration for her applied research.

She uses participatory and visual methods to research institutional and social-environmental change on topics as diverse as water, coastal, rural and regional land use planning and management; climate change adaptation and resilience; as well as age- and ability-friendly communities. The latter is exemplified by her recent survey of Noosa youth about climate change, and 2012 research An Analysis of the Preferences of Older Australians in an Urban Environment. She has more than 60 peer-reviewed journal publications and most recently published a co-edited book, Natural Hazards and Disaster Justice: Challenges for Australia and its Neighbours (2020)

         
     

Dr Tony Matthews

  Catherine O'Shea    

Dr Tony Matthews is a Senior Lecturer in Urban and Environmental Planning at Griffith University, where he is a member of the School of Environment and Science, as well as the Cities Research Institute. His research interests include adapting cities to climate change, the role and function of green infrastructure for specific cohorts, and the interplay between urban design and sustainability outcomes. Dr Matthews has collaborated with many high-profile organisations: AlphaSights; Australian Research Council; City of Gold Coast Council; CSIRO; Green Building Council of Australia; Planning Institute of Australia; Queensland Department of Environment & Science; Regional Development Australia; Scentre Group; Uniting Care; West Moreton Health; Zartis. He has authored dozens of journal papers, monographs and book chapters. He is also an active public commentator with many national and international print, radio, television, digital and podcast appearances. Dr Matthews has won three awards for excellence from the Planning Institute of Australia.

 

Catherine O’Shea spent 25 years nursing in various hospitals prior to completing a Masters of Environment and Sustainability at Monash University in 2009, whereafter she pivoted to healthcare sustainability.

Since then she has worked on diverse projects under the banner of sustainability, particularly in her role as Sustainability Coordinator at Western Health.

She remains passionate, bringing about positive change in the healthcare sector during this critical climate decade. She currently works at Ambulance Victoria as Sustainability Analyst.

 

 

         

 

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