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Environmental sustainability: Other resources

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.

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  • Australian Medical Association
  • Croakey
  • Anaesthesia and environmental sustainability at ANZCA
  • Doctors for the Environment Australia
  • Global Green and Healthy Hospitals
  • Health Care Without Harm
  • OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate and Health Council
  • Sustainable Development Unit
  • TRA2SH

Australian Medical Association

The AMA believes that achieving environmental sustainability in health care is essential to improving the way Australia’s health system functions. Enhancing environmental sustainability, through reducing carbon emissions, curtailing waste&and managing resources efficiently, will deliver better outcomes for patients, and provide broader social and economic benefits.

AMA position statements:

Environmental Sustainability in Health Care

Climate Change and Human Health


Croakey Health Media is a not-for-profit public interest journalism organisation providing a range of social journalism services and related activities that are important for the health and wellbeing of people, families, communities, societies and the environment. Croakey has an extensive collection of climate and environmental sustainability articles focusing on health.

Croakey climate change articles

Environmental Sustainability at SMHS

Doctors for the Environment Australia

Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA) is a national voluntary organisation of medical doctors and students. DEA members are from all specialities of medicine - GPs, surgeons, physicians, anaesthetists, psychiatrists, paediatricians, public health specialists, academics, medical students and researchers.

DEA members&bring together an extraordinary level of leadership and expertise drawn from every branch of medicine.

Good health is inextricably linked to healthy, stable environments. DEA's&mission is ‘to protect health through care of the environment’.

Doctors for the Environment Australia website

DEA Sustainable Health Care Resources

Environmental Sustainability & Healthcare: What do Health Professionals Need to Know?

Global Green and Healthy Hospitals

The Global Green and Healthy Hospitals community has over&1,350 members in 72 countries who represent the interests of more than 43,000 hospitals and health centres

Its&members are using innovation, ingenuity&and investment to transform the health sector and foster a healthy future for people and the planet.

GGHH is an initiative of Health Care Without Harm.

Global Green and Healthy Hospitals

Green Health Challenges

Healthcare Without Harm

Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) is an international nongovernmental organisation (NGO) that works to transform health care worldwide so that it reduces its environmental footprint, becomes a community anchor for sustainability, and a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice.

Healthcare Without Harm

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.

OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate & Health Council

OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate and Health Councilcomprises health professionals in Aotearoa/New Zealand concerned with:

  • The negative impacts of climate change on health.
  • The health gains that are possible through strong, health-centred climate action.
  • Highlighting the impacts of climate change on those&who already experience disadvantage or ill-health (equity impacts).
  • Reducing the health sector's contribution to climate change.

The Council is part of a worldwide movement of health professionals and health organisations&urgently focusing on the health challenges of climate change and the health opportunities of climate action.

OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate and Health Council

Sustainable Development Unit

&The Sustainable Development Unit (SDU) is a national unit based in Cambridge&working on behalf of the health and care system in England. It was established in April 2008.
The SDU supports the NHS, public health and social care to embed and promote the three elements of sustainable development - environmental, social and financial.

Sustainable Development Unit

SDU "How to"&guides


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

Watch: The pointy end; greening sharps and drug waste (ESN Webinar 2022)

Sharps and pharmaceutical waste disposal presents an ongoing challenge for environmental sustainability in healthcare. Navigating this space can be confusing for medical professionals due to varying regulations across regions and within hospital networks.

The ANZCA Environmental Sustainability Network hosted a webinar covering green disposal of sharps and drugs waste with two keynote speakers who shared their research to shed light on these important issues; Dr Martin Minehan and Dr Taryn Naggs.

The session ended with a panel discussion including Dr Minehan, Dr Naggs and Dr Daniel Brooks Reid who is the principal investigator for TRA2SH’s (Trainee-led Research and Audit in Anaesthesia for Sustainability in Healthcare). The webinar will be co-chaired by ESN Executive members Dr Archana Shrivathsa and Dr Rajesh Pachchigar.

We thank Drug Waste International for their support of this webinar. Drug Waste International is focused on environmental sustainability, compliance and safety and prides itself on being a safety management company, not a waste management company. Drug Waste International provides a unique and timely answer for compliant drug disposal. For further information visit or contact 1800 30 60 75.

The ESN recording from 22 November 2022 at 6:30pm. Duration: 81 mins

Watch “N20 or Not?” Ways to mitigate the environmental impact of N20

The Environmental Sustainability Network's (ESN) is pleased to present its first first webinar: "N20 or Not? Ways to mitigate the environmental impact of N20". The session includes thought-provoking presentations by international speaker and founder of the Nitrous Oxide Project, Alifia Chakera, and fellows and experts in the field Dr Matthew Jenks and Dr Rob Burrell. Some of the latest technology solutions for Nitrous Oxide in hospitals are also showcased. The 90-minute webinar concludes with a panel discussion. Dr Beth Hall and Dr Maggie Keys of the ESN executive co-chaired the event. Proudly sponsored by Mediquip.

This session aired live on Tuesday 15 March 6.30pm - 8.00pm AEDT


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

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