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August 24, 2023 at 12:30pm - 2pm


Online on Zoom


Stefanie Carino

Workshop: Tackling single-use plastics using systems science



Ahead of our 2023 Greening the Healthcare Sector forum, we are hosting an extra workshop on sustainable healthcare!

Experts from Deakin and the University of Melbourne are running a workshop on Group Model Building, a participatory, systems science approach. In this case, the workshop will use Group Model Building to tackle a complex Scope 3 challenge—single-use PPE waste in a hospital.

Group Model Building for build consensus between experts from different disciplines about how a complex problem works and what can be done to solve it. You can take this knowledge back to your workplace to tackle a whole range of complex sustainable healthcare challenges.

Who should come?

We are hosting this workshop as part of our 2023 forum. All ticketholders are welcome to come along.

If you'd like to attend but are not planning on attending the forum, we encourage you to make a small donation to CAHA to cover our costs.

Workshop facilitators

  • Dr Rebecca Patrick (University of Melbourne, CAHA Board)
  • Dr Mike Forrester (Barwon Health, Doctors for the Environment Australia, Deakin)
  • Urvi Thanekar (Deakin University)
  • Hasini Gunasiri (Deakin University)

Learning outcomes

  • Develop skills and knowledge in using systems sciences methods to facilitate inter-disciplinary collaboration on solving complex sustainable healthcare issues
  • Create a shared understanding and develop a model of the drivers of and circulation economy solutions for PPE waste in health services

Proposed program

The workshop will use systems’ dynamic and a participatory group model building approach. Facilitators will define the problem (i.e., Group Model Building method step called Reference Mode) and prepare an evidence brief focused on system drivers of single-use PPE waste in a health service.   

  • Part 1: Educate and prepare (20 minutes)
    Familiarise participants with the GMB methodology.
  • Part 2: Live simulation (50 minutes)
    A series of interactive learning and co-design activities in small group breakout rooms. Participants will be allocated by interest and/or expertise into a breakout room to work on priority actions in the areas of either procurement, staff engagement, waste management and clinical changes.
  • Part 3: Showcase and evaluate (20 minutes)
    Facilitators will demonstrate a full scored up action plan that was developed from the health service case study to reduce single use PPE waste.