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Climate Change & Healthcare: Delivering Change Now

Healthcare is responsible for 7% of Australia’s carbon emissions, consumes 10% of Australia’s GDP, and has numerous other adverse environmental effects.

The climate emergency is the greatest existential threat of our time and as trusted leaders within our communities’, healthcare providers need to take urgent actions. The challenge is analogous to the threat posed to our patients by the Tobacco industry.

This podcast is all about reducing the large carbon footprint of healthcare by moving away completely from energy derived from burning fossil fuels. It will identify specific actions that we can all take at a micro-level (individual practice), meso-level (local practices and clinical units) to macro-level (whole of health policy).

Climate Change & Healthcare: Delivering Change Now

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One of the effective measures that anaesthetists take to reduce their carbon footprint is to increase the use of IV pumps for total intravenous anaesthesia (TIVA) instead of using inhaled anaesthetics. A flow-on challenge is rising regarding the disposal of IV pumps at the end of their life cycle. Check out how BD and Te Toka Tumai Auckland are tackling the challenge. 

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This podcast is brought to you by BD.



Forbes McGain

Forbes is an anaesthetist and intensive care physician at Western Health, Melbourne, Australia, and an A/Prof. (Medicine) at the Universities of Sydney, and Melbourne. Forbes remains passionate about making seemingly small environmental, financial and social sustainability changes to how we practice medicine, as well as that become magnified through every nations’ hospitals. 

Forbes is currently collaborating with colleagues at the University of Melbourne and friends within the Doctors for the Environment (DEA) examining ways to make hospitals more sustainable and being stewards for earth’s extraordinary biodiversity.