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Environmental sustainability: Overview

This guide has been designed for anaesthetists and specialist pain medicine physicians interested in relevant resources on environmental sustainability, including those available through the ANZCA library.



The recording of TRA2SHCon21 from 13 November 2021. Duration: 4 hrs 7 mins

RNZ: Environmental cost of healthcare's 'secret' toxic waste

Medics and chemical engineers are calling for safe and effective disposal of hospital waste. Anaesthetic gas alone rivals the carbon footprint of long haul flights, with emissions from a single hospital in New Zealand equalling 500 return flights between Auckland and London. Dr Rob Burrell and associate professor Dr Saeid Baroutian, are calling for improved monitoring and investment in technology to properly dispose of toxic hospital waste.

Environmental Sustainability at SMHS

Anaesthesia and environmental sustainability

To see the accompanying article to this video, click here


A panel of experts explore environmental sustainability issues in anaesthesia practice and discuss the opportunities for research and innovation, such as collaborating with non-medical researchers, and trainee-led solutions to sustainable practice.


TRA2SH - Trainee-Led Research and Audit in Anaesthesia for Sustainability in Healthcare.

TRA2SH's mission is "to stimulate a positive culture change in sustainable practices in anaesthesia by promoting curiosity amongst trainees, encouraging reflection and problem-solving within departments, whilst upholding the highest standards of patient care."

TRA2SH's Trainees - or “Tra2shees” are ANZCA trainee volunteers who are passionate about sustainability in healthcare, and some may be completing their ANZCA Scholar role project through one of the TRA2SH audit projects.TRA2SH welcomes any new trainees to contact them and get involved.

TRA2SH website

TRA2SH Twitter - @tra2sh1

TRA2SH resources

Environmental sustainability at ANZCA

For more information about environmental sustainability, including links to information about the Environmental sustainability working group, please visit the environmental sustainability page on the college website.

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