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Environmental sustainability: Networks & 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
  • 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:


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.

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’.

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.

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.

OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate & Health Council

OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate and Health Council is a 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. The Council is a not-for-profit, politically non-partisan incorporated society.

OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate and Health Council comprises 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.


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.

World Health Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO) has been working on climate change and health for over 25 years - advocating, collecting evidence and providing comprehensive support to countries in dealing with health effects of climate change.

Anaesthesia and environmental sustainability

Environmental Sustainability at SMHS


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

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

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

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