Event Details

Sustainability in Healthcare

10 Aug 2020 at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Online (AEST)

Do you cringe thinking about the mountains of single use items going to landfill from your workplace? Does it worry you that the healthcare industry is responsible for 7% of all carbon emissions in Australia?

Dr Forbes McGain and Dr Karen Kiang will provide insights on the barriers and challenges of improving sustainability within the hospital setting and how doctors should be involved. They will also cover the financial benefit to maintaining a more sustainable work practice.

This webinar is open to all members.


About the presenters

Dr Forbes McGain
'How Unsustainable Are You Doc?!'

Forbes is an honorary Associate Professor at the Sydney University School of Public Health in the field of planetary health. He is also an anaesthetist and intensive care physician at Western Health, Melbourne. He completed his PhD in hospital environmental sustainability at the University of Melbourne in 2016.

Forbes' research interests revolve around improving hospital financial and environmental sustainability, including measuring the life cycle costs of providing different models of patient care. He is keenly collaborating with chemists, engineers and others to find ways for medicine to reduce its environmental footprint. He is also actively involved in teaching medical students and junior doctors as well as examining for the First Part Examinations for the College of Intensive Care Medicine.

Dr Karen Kiang
'From little things, Big things grow - working towards a more sustainable hospital'

Dr Karen Kiang is an Advanced Paediatric Trainee currently working in general and emergency paediatrics in Melbourne. She has a special interest in refugee and international child health and the substantial negative health impacts on children in developing countries.

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