Two projects from the Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) have been selected as part of the NSW Health, Climate Risk and Net Zero Unit, Net Zero Leads program.
The Program supports existing staff to embed net zero principles into the delivery of care across their network.
WNSWLHD Director of Corporate Service, Jeff Morrissey said, “Only 10 project leads have been selected across the state. To have two in our Local Health District is a great result”.
Bathurst Health Service, Director of Pharmacy, Derek Kay and Orange Health Service, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Consultant, Rohan Hutchins, will be leading their projects at the two sites to implement successful initiatives across their departments.
Derek’s project at Bathurst Health Service will focus on reducing the overall pharmaceutical usage or by choosing less carbon intensive products where possible, including the sustainable use of medications.
Rohan’s project at Orange Health Service will explore how much consumable waste the perioperative unit is responsible for and how it can be reduced, while considering where reusable items can be used instead of single use items.
If the programs are successful they will potentially be introduced in all services across the WNSWLHD and even the state.
Derek and Rohan will participate in the pilot program over a two year period ending in June 2024.
The Net Zero Leads program is critical in supporting NSW Health’s environmental sustainability priority reform.