The Coda Earth action agenda has been in the works since 2020 and could not have been achieved without the input of so many talented collaborators. 

This has taken a HUGE effort and safe to say, we are so proud of the outcome. We hope that this action agenda helps motivate & inspire the healthcare community to take real, meaningful action towards reducing the impact that healthcare has on the environment.

TECHNICAL ADVISORY GROUP

Courtney Howard

Courtney Howard is an Emergency Physician in Canada’s subarctic, President of theCanadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, Chair of the advocacy subcommittee of the WHO-Civil Society Working Group on Climate Change and Health, is on the Steering Committee for the Planetary Health Alliance and is Policy Coordinator for ClimateCODA. She has led research on menstrual cups and wildfires, was the 2018 International Policy Coordinator for theLancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change, and has participated in advocacy around divestment, carbon pricing, active transport, plant-rich diets, coal phase-out, hydraulic fracturing, wildfires, and the mental health impacts of climate change. Her mentors in mischievous change making are her two hilarious daughters, with whom she can frequently be found dancing to indefensible pop music.

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.

Kate Charlesworth

Kate Charlesworth is a public health physician based in Sydney. After working as a hospital doctor in Australia, Kate undertook much of her public health medicine training in the UK, including at the Sustainable Development Unit in Cambridge. The SDU is a world-leading unit tasked with reducing the carbon footprint of England’s National Health Service (NHS). Kate has subsequently completed a PhD about the characteristics of an environmentally sustainable health and care system. She currently works as a medical specialist in environmentally sustainable healthcare across Northern Sydney Local Health District and Sydney North Primary Health Network.

Fintan Hughes

Fintan is an Irish doctor who started out in astrophysics before studying medicine in NUI Galway. He is currently an anaesthesiology resident at Duke University Medical Center, where he leads an international research group modeling the impact of natural disasters on acute illness. Over the last 3 years he has convened a group of economists, climate scientists, energy sector investors, pension fund managers and physicians to identify actions that the health care industry can take to decarbonise the global economy. They have identified key strategies for health care industry to lever its economic might in order to accelerate the growth of zero carbon technologies and drive investment away from fossil fuels.

DESIGN & DELIVERY TEAM

This action agenda would not be possible without our two visionaries – Roger Harris & Oliver Flower.

Roger Harris

Roger Harris is a senior staff specialist in the intensive care unit at the Royal North Shore hospital and the Sydney Adventist hospital (SAN). He is dual qualified in Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care. Roger is one of the co-founders of SMACC and Coda. He is passionate about education, his five children and especially his beautiful wife Georgie.

Oliver Flower

Oliver Flower is a staff specialist in Intensive Care Medicine at Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney. He, along with Roger Harris & Chris Nickson started SMACC and Coda; he came up with the name & logo, finding inspiration in a chewing gum packet, and is the driver behind the design, graphics, branding and marketing of SMACC and Coda. He is a believer in the power of the big crit care community and is a believer in Cadogan’s FOAMed ethos. He runs the educational and networking crit care website Intensive Care Network.

ACTION LEADS

Test Ordering

 

Oliver Walsh

Oliver is a senior intensive care trainee completing his CICM transition year at Canberra Hospital ICU. He also works as a prehospital and retrieval doctor which provides a great amount of fun, variety, and a constant appreciation of how tough it can be to manage patients in resource-poor environments. He is a passionate clinician educator, trainee advocate and proponent of reducing waste in healthcare, which have allowed him to meet some amazingly inspirational people in the Australian critical care community.

Matt Anstey

A/Prof Matthew Anstey is an intensive care specialist at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. He is the past chair of the Choosing Wisely Australia Advisory Group, and actively involved in implementation of Choosing Wisely projects at the front line. He has a Masters in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health and is a past Harkness Fellow in Health Policy with the Commonwealth Fund.

 

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.

ACTION LEADS

Metered-Dose Inhalers:

 

Brett Montgomery

Brett Montgomery MBBS, DCH, FRACGP, MMedSci is a general practitioner who works clinically in East Fremantle and academically as a senior lecturer at the University of Western Australia. His special interests include asthma, cardiovascular disease prevention, evidence-based medicine and medical education.

 

Alex Wilkinson

Alex Wilkinson completed undergraduate medical training at Cambridge University before qualifying in clinical medicine from Oxford University in 2005. His postgraduate training was spread between Oxford and the East of England but he also worked for a year as a doctor in Muheza, Tanzania. He now works as a respiratory consultant in Stevenage, UK. He has a special interest in sustainable respiratory care, and lead work on this for the British Thoracic Society. He is a member of the NHS inhaler experts working group, and the United Nations Medical Technical Options committee.

 

Jayne Roberts

Coming soon

ACTION LEADS

Anaesthetic Gases:

 

Jessica Devlin-Hegedus

Jess is an anaesthetist working in Wollongong, NSW, and in aeromedical retrieval for NSW Ambulance. Prior to medicine, Jess worked in mediation and conflict resolution and has undertaken further study in biomedical ethics and prehospital and retrieval medicine. Jess has been involved in advocacy on the climate crisis as a member of Doctors for the Environment Australia and in healthcare environmental sustainability within her own institutions and as a member of the ANZCA Environmental Sustainability Working Group. She is interested in environmental sustainability in anaesthesia and prehospital care, education, ethics and communication in critical care medicine.

Jodi Sherman

Jodi Sherman, MD, is Associate Professor of Anesthesiology of the Yale School of Medicine, Associate Professor of Epidemiology in Environmental Health Sciences, and founding director of the Yale Program on Healthcare Environmental Sustainability in the Yale Center on Climate Change and Health. Dr. Sherman also serves as the Medical Director of Sustainability for Yale-New Haven Health System.

Dr. Sherman is an internationally recognized researcher in the emerging field of sustainability in clinical care. Her research interest is in life cycle assessment (LCA) of environmental emissions, human health impacts, and economic impacts of drugs, devices, clinical care pathways, and health systems. Her work seeks to establish sustainability metrics, paired with health outcomes and costs, to help guide clinical decision-making, professional behaviors, and organizational management toward more ecologically sustainable practices to improve the quality, safety and value of clinical care and to protect public health. Dr. Sherman routinely collaborates with environmental engineers, epidemiologists, toxicologists, health economists, health administrators, health professionals, and sustainability professionals. Dr. Sherman is a member of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change and was contributing analyst for the UK National Health Service Net Zero Initiative, and serves on the National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative for Decarbonization of the U.S. Health Sector.

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.

GLOBAL EXPERT/ADVISORY PANEL

Courtney Howard, MD, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada.
Andrea J. MacNeill, MD, Department of Surgery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
Fintan Hughes, Duke University, Durham, US.
Lujain Alqodmani, MBBS, MIHMEP, EAT, Oslo, Norway.
Kate Charlesworth, MBBS(Hons), PhD, New South Wales Health, Australia.
Roberto de Almeida, MD, Instituto Ideia Ambiental, Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil.
Roger Harris, MBBS, FACEM, FCICM, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.
Bruno Jochum, MPS, MIL, Climate Action Accelerator, Geneva, Switzerland.
Edward Maibach, MPH, PhD, Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University, Virginia, US.
Lwando Maki, MBCHB, MMED PHM,FCPHM(SA),AHM, MRSSAf, Department of Medicine, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa.
Forbes McGain, MBBS PhD, Department of Critical Care, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia.
Jeni Miller, PhD, Global Climate and Health Alliance, San Francisco, US.
Monica Nirmala, DDS, MPH, Health in Harmony, Portland, US.
David Pencheon, MBBS, FFPHM, University of Exeter, Exeter, England.
Scott Robertson, RN, MEcon3
Jodi D. Sherman, MD, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut.
Joe Vipond, MD, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada.
Hao Yin, PhD, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
Hugh Montgomery, BBS, MDRes, University College London, London, England.