Welcome to the Sustainable Healthcare newsletter for November. We have lots happening at the moment and this newsletter is packed full of news of the current discussions surrounding the IPCC 1.5 report in Australia, opportunities for education and events to help you get involved.
Our next quarterly meeting is coming up on Wednesday November 28th, if you would like to join the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals network visit the website or email [email protected]
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Climate and Health Alliance
Welcome to the new members of Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Pacific network
GGHH welcomes Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service and Epworth HealthCare to the network. Darling Downs Hospital is a public hospital servicing a population of almost 300,000 people in rural northern NSW and southern QLD. Epworth HealthCare encompasses four divisions including acute care and rehabilitation across sites in Melbourne and Geelong.
We are pleased to welcome both on board.
GGHH: Share your work!
If you are working on a project or just completed a change in practice at your workplace and would like to showcase your work please contact us about developing a case study at [email protected]
Thank you to all those who have joined the Healthcare Climate Challenge. There will be changes to the dates for the requirement for reporting back on achievements for the challenge so that the cumulative gains can better reflect the 2018 carbon emissions reductions in health and the awards can be announced in May 2019. There will be more information to come in relation to the final
dates for reporting.
If you would like to join other health services and organisations as part of the Healthcare Climate Challenge, or to find out more visit the website or email [email protected]
Repower Health and Healthy Futures hosted the launch of the Repower Health program on Saturday 27th October. Their vision is for an Australian Healthcare sector which relies on clean, renewable energy with a focus on solar power due to its affordability and reliability.
The launch took place from 4:30 - 6:00 at Fad Gallery in Melbourne. For more information on the program see the Repower Health website.
At the Global Climate and Health Forum, leading healthcare systems and health organisations, including Health Care Without Harm, announced a Call to Action on Climate and Health to inspire stronger advocacy and action in addressing climate change.
You can view videos of many of the plenary speakers from the forum here.
Read more about the Call to Action
Health professionals can sign the Call to Action here
In response to the Australian Federal Government’s response to the IPCC 1.5 report, health experts have issued a joint statement in the international medical journal The Lancet. They included Nobel Laureates and eminent Australian University Professors.
The joint statement condemns the federal government’s “contemptuous dismissal” of the IPCC 1.5 report, and calls for action on climate and energy policy, including no new coal, stopping the Adani coal mine and increasing the renewable energy target.
You can read more about it in the Lancet statement itself and media from Radio National Breakfast and the Sydney Morning Herald.
Please share widely with your networks and on social media.
Australia's leading health groups are calling on the government to respond to the increasing threat of air pollution to people’s health. As the World Health Organisation met for the first ever global conference on air pollution and health in Geneva, the Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) voiced growing concern about the increasing health impacts on the Australian population.
The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) has provided tips and information for nurses on how to become advocates for the effects of climate change on health. Nurses are “formidable leaders in the community” who can play a significant role in raising awareness and mitigating the impacts of climate change. The ACN encourages starting small, beginning conversations and questioning current practices.
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For those who are directly impacted by climate change, such as through drought and other extreme weather events, climate change can take a toll on mental health. It’s also important to acknowledge that constant exposure to distressing information around climate change can be overwhelming for professionals, advocates and the general public. Carol Ride from Psychology for a Safer Climate discusses these impacts and the need for the government to protect the community’s mental health.
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Climate Trackers with representatives from WHO have released an important health report on the climate and health science interactions in relation to the recent IPCC report. The paper reiterates that climate change affects health in a number of ways including through extreme weather, infectious disease, and water & food insecurity.
In addition, it highlights - what many of you will already know - that actions to keep warming below 1.5C would have positive effects on health, i.e. reducing the intolerable death rate from air pollution.
Read the report here
As individuals we can have more impact than we think!
The resources available through the Breathe Life campaign give practical and achievable tips for community members and health professionals, including simple ways to reduce your contribution to air pollution and minimize exposure. It also includes an invitation to join the United Nations Breath Life campaign that provides actions for health professionals and community leaders.
There is also a Breathe Life information/resource page for health professionals.
While the Australian Government's current lack of action on climate change can feel overwhelming. It’s important to seek encouragement from positive action and stay inspired in working towards addressing climate change.
The National Environmental Health Association and Climate for Health have released a video detailing several success stories from the US of adaptation, mitigation and collaboration. Let us know about your successes by emailing [email protected] or share them on our Facebook Page or on Twitter
For more information and to view the video, click here ...
Education and Webinars
All over Australia, health professionals are increasingly concerned about the effects of climate change on health and well-being. Many are joining the Our Climate Our Health campaign to support action on climate change to protect the community's health.
Health professionals are a trusted and credible voice and there is so much that we can do to change the conversation and build momentum for action on climate change.
That's why we are very proud to announce our next round of Climate Health Champions workshops for 2018/19. We are running a workshop in Brisbane on Friday 23 November and registrations are now open. You can register for the Brisbane workshop here.
If you are not in Brisbane, don’t worry, the training will also be coming to other states in the coming months, so if you'd like to participate, please register your interest here.
Plastic straws have been in the news a lot recently. bans on straws are becoming increasingly prevalent with the EU most recently committing to a ban on single use plastics. Greenhealth Academy is holding a free webinar on how hospitals can navigate eliminating plastic straws while still addressing patient needs, and the possible alternatives that can be used. To register for this event, click here.
Health Care Without Harm Europe and Global Green and Healthy Hospitals offer this great opportunity to join a webinar showcasing a number of early assessment areas for low-carbon and climate mitigation strategies, including the reliability of energy supply and the availability of renewable electricity as well financing options for renewable energy technology.
CAHA is pleased to promote the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) World Health Promotion Conference in Rotorua, New Zealand, in April 2019. The conference welcomes health promoters, researchers, practitioners and decision makers.
The theme for the 2019 event is WAIORA: Promoting Planetary Health and Sustainable Development for All.
To register for the conference, see their website.
The International Council of Nurses is delighted to invite you to the ICN Congress 2019 to be held in Singapore from 27 June to 1 July 2019.
Hosted by the Singapore Nurses Association, this international gathering of thousands of nurses will explore the many ways in which nurses work to achieve universal access to health, not only providing health care but also addressing the social determinants of health.
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On Friday November 16, Croakey will be hosting #CroakeyGo in Collingwood, Melbourne from 11:30-2pm. The event is co-hosted and sponsored by cohealth. It combines a walk with discussions around community health leading up to the Victorian State election and will provide opportunities to collaborate, produce articles, media content and live tweet discussions.
More details to come, check the Croakey website for updates ...
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