Low value care and climate change
15 Jun 2021 at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
As healthcare professionals we are aware of that climate change poses one of the greatest threats to human health in the 21st century. But what is the health care industry contribution this?
With millions of pathology tests being done every year in Australia alone it's more important than ever to consider the whole impact of low-value care.
Join Professor Alexandra Barratt in a discussion about how medicine contributes to our carbon emissions and how we can do better.
About the speaker
Alexandra Barratt (MBBS, MPH, PhD) is an epidemiologist and Professor of Public Health at the University of Sydney. She has participated in a wide range of health services research over the last 25 years, including many projects on the benefits and harms of screening for breast and prostate cancer. She is a lead investigator of Wiser Healthcare, a research collaboration to reduce medical overuse including over testing, over diagnosis and over treatment.
She is leading a new stream of work within this collaboration to investigate and reduce the carbon footprint of healthcare while improving patient outcomes. She has a longstanding interest in promoting science to the community and has won two Australian Museum Eureka prizes for her work in science communication.