GGHH Events

Prior events:

2018 Healthy Hospitals Healthy Planet Forum, 21-22 May 

Hosted by Western Health, Climate and Health Alliance and the Institute for Healthcare Engineering Australia

CAHA partnered with two GGHH members, Western Health (WH) and the Institute of Healthcare Engineering Australia (IHEA) to deliver the second annual two-day health and environmental sustainability forum in May 2018. WH and IHEA are members of the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals network. The Forum featured founder Director of the Sustainable Development Unit at the National Health Service (NHS), Dr David Pencheon, as the keynote speaker.

Day one focused on environmental sustainability in building design solutions and day two showcased policy, current research and case study presentations. The forum provided opportunities for collaboration, networking and information exchanges. At the end of Day two, attendees were given an opportunity to 'pitch' their project, with PhD candidate Scott McAllister winning $1,000 from sponsor Daniels Health as seed funding for his plan to conduct a lifecycle analysis of medical products.

Over 60 people attended the forum. Attendees came from diverse health and environmental sustainability backgrounds including nurses, doctors, sustainability officers and managers, research assistants, pharmacists, academics, construction managers, project managers, state government representatives, students, supplier representatives, industry consultants, health promotion staff, business development staff, as well operational staff, senior management and executive directors. Sponsorship for the Forum was provided by ShineOn, Invisible Systems, Baxter, Ecosave and Medline.

Download a Summary Report from the Forum here.

2017 Healthcare Environmental Sustainability Forum, 1-2 June 2017

Hosted 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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