The theme of this year's Forum was Working towards a net zero emissions, climate resilient, equitable and environmentally sustainable healthcare sector: ensuring good health for all.
This one-day Forum showcased the ways health sector leaders in Australia are decarbonising their operations, improving their climate resilience, and working to improve health equity. It offered guidance on how to scale this up, as well as insights to support health services to prepare for the impacts of climate change, and uphold its moral imperative to: ‘first, do no harm’.
The Forum featured current research and policy to support the transition to net zero carbon and environmentally sustainable healthcare, and showcased practical examples of environmentally sustainable healthcare in action. It provided opportunities for connection, knowledge sharing, learning, and upskilling.
The Climate and Health Alliance, in partnership with leading healthcare stakeholders, have run annual events focusing on environmentally sustainable healthcare since 2012 (excluding 2020). This year CAHA and UnitingCare partnered to deliver the Greening the Healthcare Sector Forum (the Forum) in Brisbane. Host partner Metro North Health provided the venue for the Forum at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Education Centre, on Turrbal and Jagera/Yuggara country (Herston, Brisbane).
Read about previous Greening the Healthcare Forums and Sustainable Healthcare events here.
UnitingCare is a courageous and creative health and community services provider and one of the largest charities in Australia. Each year, we work with more than 430,000 individuals, families and communities in over 460 locations in Queensland and the Northern Territory. Through our accessible services we’re committed to empowering older people, those living with a disability, people requiring health care in hospital or at home, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, children and families.
Climate and Health Alliance and GGHH Pacific region
CAHA’s mission is to build a powerful health sector movement for climate action and sustainable healthcare. CAHA coordinates the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals (GGHH) Network in the Pacific region (Australia and New Zealand). GGHH supports health institutions to reduce their environmental footprint and develop climate resilience to protect and promote public and environmental health.
Metro North Health
Metro North Health enables people to deliver excellent patient-centred care and high quality health services. We are the largest of 16 Hospital and Health Services (HHS) that provide public health services in Queensland.
We focus on collaboration with healthcare partners and an investment in systems, engagement and culture, we connect people to deliver services to a population approaching 900,000, from north of the Brisbane River to north of Kilcoy.