Imagine a world where health services and organisations worked together for a more sustainable health care future…
Welcome to 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.
By joining the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Network you are connected to a dynamic and supportive network of health professionals all working for the same agenda.
As of August 2019, there are 67 Global Green and Healthy Hospitals members in the Pacific region, representing well over 1,000 hospitals and health services.
How can I get involved?
Are you keen to deliver environmentally and economically sustainable health care but don’t quite know where to start?
You can join the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals network, it’s FREE and provides members, whether health services, institutions or health organisations, with resources and contacts to improve their health service by increasing environmental sustainability and reducing the cost of service delivery.
What does membership mean?
Member connection to GGHH is built around the GGHH Agenda that includes getting involved in two of 10 goals:
- LEADERSHIP: Prioritise environmental health
- CHEMICALS: Substitute harmful chemicals with safer alternatives
- WASTE: Reduce, treat and safely dispose of healthcare waste
- ENERGY: Implement energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy generation
- WATER: Reduce hospital water consumption and supply potable water
- TRANSPORTATION: Improve transportation strategies for patients and staff
- FOOD: Purchase and serve sustainably grown, healthy food
- PHARMACEUTICALS: Safely manage and dispose of pharmaceuticals
- BUILDINGS: Support green and healthy hospital design and construction
- PURCHASING: Buy safer and more sustainable products and materials
Being part of this network helps your organisation to benchmark and showcase your achievements through case studies published on the GGHH website and through the networks newsletters and enter the Green Health Challenge through which a number of Australian and New Zealand hospitals have received awards.
In addition, as many of the GGHH case studies show, organisations improving their sustainability consistently improve operational savings.
How do I join?
To join first work out your membership category:
- Hospitals – Low, medium and High complexity
- Health care facilities (I.e. Community health centers; primary care facilities)
- Health system members (private, public, private for charity)
- Health, professional and academic organisations members
If you are unable to join the network but want to stay informed sign up to GGHH News List.
Individuals seeking to encourage employers or member organisations to join the network should contact GGHH Pacific at email@example.com
Begin your enrolment as a member of GGHH by sending a letter of intent indicating your support for the GGHH Agenda and/or a commitment to working towards two Goals (see membership categories here).
About the GGHH network in Australia and New Zealand
The GGHH network is an initiative of the Climate and Health Alliance’s (CAHA) 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.
A GGHH Pacific Region summary document is available here.
Australian and New Zealand Case Studies
Below are two case studies from Pacific Network members, examples of some of the many resources available through the GGHH network. More case studies from the Pacific Network, as well as international members, can be found here.
- Stakeholder Engagement, Mater Misericordiae Health Services Brisbane Limited
- Theatre recycling at Middlemore Hospital, Counties Manukau District Health Board
As of August 2019, there are 67 GGHH members in the Pacific region, representing well over 1000 hospitals and health services.
GGHH Pacific region members include: Rura
Green Health Challenges
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Sustainable Healthcare newsletter will keep you up to date on the latest news, events and case studies from the sustainable healthcare sector. It also contains Global Green and Healthy Hospitals network updates, reports, resources and upcoming events. Subscribe to the newsletter here.
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