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2nd Sustainable Healthcare in Aotearoa - NZ Forum (Wellington) on 8 May 2019


posted by Research Admin 1 on 2 May 2019

Hon Julie Anne Genter to be presented with open letter by health professionals


The second National Forum on Sustainable Healthcare in Aotearoa New Zealand (NZ) will be held at the University of Otago’s Wellington campus, 23 Mein Street, Nordmeyer lecture theatre on Wednesday 8 May from 8.30am – 5pm.


The Forum will focus on how the health sector can play a leading role in New Zealand’s transition to environmental sustainability by stopping health-harming environmental practices.


The programme will cover green healthcare buildings, sustainable supply chains, and the implications of the upcoming Zero Carbon Bill for the health sector. Examples of good practice will be shared by a diverse range of contributors.


A highlight of the event will be presenting Hon Julie Anne Genter, Associate Minister of Health, with an open letter signed by hundreds of NZ health professionals. The letter calls for the Government to ensure the Ministry of Health sets greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets for all District Health Boards (DHBs) and mandates reducing and reporting of GHGs.


The Forum organisers will also be issuing the Minister a ‘Prescription’ outlining a simple treatment plan to deliver a healthy and low-carbon healthcare system.


The Forum will be opened by Dr Ashley Bloomfield, Director-General of the Ministry of Health, followed by international and NZ speakers, and finishing with an address from Hon Julie Anne Genter.


Co-hosted by OraTaiao: The NZ Climate and Health Council and the Sustainable Health Sector National Network (SHSNN), the Forum will highlight the benefits of DHBs and the wider health sector improving environmental sustainability.


Benefits include health sector cost savings and quality improvements, reducing health inequity, and boosting community wellbeing.

Click here to access the Forum programme



 Dr David Galler, Intensive Care Specialist and member of the Sustainable Health Sector National Network

Mob. 021714551

 Dr Rhys Jones, Public Health Physician and co-convenor of OraTaiao: The NZ Climate and Health Council

Mob. 021411743