It’s time for change, and not just in our climate

Our healthcare system’s environmental footprint is not insignificant. While there is no data on the carbon footprint of Australia’s health system, we know that Great Britain’s National Health System (NHS), with a similar percentage health expenditure, produces around 4% of the country’s total carbon foot print. Of which, procurement (of goods and services) accounts for 65%, with building energy 19%, and patient and staff travel 16%.2

Greenhouse gas emissions, waste and natural resource consumption are health issues. Enhanced climate change is considered by many leading medical