Health sector heavyweights come together to discuss climate sustainability strategies
Friday September 10, 2021
In June, AMA (WA)’s MEDCON21 session on ‘Climate change, health and sustainability in WA – linking science to action’, saw experts in the area of climate and health discuss what climate change would mean for us as health service providers, clinicians and as a society. Following this session, a commitment was made by the AMA (WA) to facilitate a Climate Change Health and Sustainability Forum, which we proudly hosted on August 30. The ideas, initiatives and concepts discussed at this forum were well received, promoting the announcement that quarterly meetings would be held to maintain momentum, develop a viable climate change, health and sustainability strategy and drive change throughout the health system.
With the healthcare industry contributing to 7 per cent of Australia’s carbon production, it’s definitely time to start working together to embrace environmental sustainability in the context of health service delivery.
Our full Climate change feature is coming up in an upcoming edition of Medicus, which will cover the importance of leadership, having a clear framework of activities and building sustainability into clinical care, as well as interviews with representatives from health services leading the way.