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POSTPONED - Sustainable Healthcare and Climate Health Conference Aotearoa 2020

From research and innovation to policy and implementation

COVID-19: The Sustainable Healthcare and Climate Health Conference Aotearoa 2020 has been postponed and will now be held in mid-June 2021. We are looking into the possibility of running a series of webinars later in 2020. For further information, sign up to our mailing list at with your contact details and SHCH20 in the subject line.

A multi-day event combining the Sustainable Healthcare Forum Aotearoa and the Climate Change and Health Research Conference

16–17 June 2020, Wellington, New Zealand

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The Sustainable Healthcare and Climate Health Conference Aotearoa is a two-day conference in 2020, open to anyone interested in ensuring New Zealand moves ahead with urgency to a low emission and equitable healthcare sector. The programme includes presentations, discussions, and opportunities to connect on sustainable healthcare and climate change and health.

The conference will focus on how sustainable healthcare can bring wide co-benefits to health, health equity, and well-being. Topics will range from mitigation to adaptation and from risk to opportunities and innovation.

Delegates will include clinicians, nurses, doctors, policymakers, researchers, architects, consultants, sustainability champions, operational managers, suppliers, procurement agencies, board members, and students – who want to create a healthy planet with healthy people.

Hear from national and international experts, stakeholders from across the New Zealand health and care sector, district health boards, and the research sector.

Details of the programme and further keynote speakers will be announced in due course.

Opening keynote speaker

Dr David Pencheon OBE, founding Director of the Sustainable Development Unit for NHS England and Public Health England.

Call for abstracts | Karanga mō ngā Tuhinga Whakarāpopoto

The Sustainable Healthcare and Climate Health Conference Aotearoa invites experts, researchers, up-and-coming leaders, and sustainability champions to submit abstracts for presentation at our annual meeting in Wellington on 16 and 17 June 2020.

The theme is From research and innovation to policy and implementation.

With a broad scope – from sustainability and healthcare to climate change and health – any research, innovation, best practice, and operational actions in this area will be taken into consideration to create the varied two-day programme.

The committee would be particularly interested to receive abstracts from indigenous and Pacific speakers, and abstracts on the following topics:

  • Climate change adaption
  • Risk and vulnerability assessments
  • Emission transition roadmaps
  • Research on climate change and health
  • Addressing inequalities and just transitions
  • Mental health impacts of climate change

The deadline for abstracts is 20 March 2020.

Abstract submission requirements

  • Name
  • Organisation
  • Email address
  • Title of presentation
  • Abstract (maximum 400 words)

Please send your abstract to Faith Atkins:


Abstracts will be reviewed by the organising committee. Acceptance will be based on content, available space, and overall programme balance.

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Date Tuesday, 16 June 2020 - Wednesday, 17 June 2020
Time 9:00am - 5:00pm
Audience Public,All University
Event Category Health Sciences
Event Type Conference
DepartmentPreventive and Social Medicine (Dunedin)
LocationUniversity of Otago, Wellington, 23A Mein Street, Newtown, Wellington 6021, New Zealand
Contact NameFaith Atkins
Contact Phone+64 4 918 6301

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