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Sustainable Healthcare and Climate Health Aotearoa Conference 2021

Re-thinking Sustainable Health in Aotearoa

22–23 June 2021, Wellington, New Zealand

The Sustainable Healthcare and Climate Health Aotearoa Conference 2021 is open to anybody interested in ensuring the health sector in New Zealand creates an equitable pathway to carbon neutrality by 2025 in line with the new public sector target recently announced by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

The programme will include presentations and interactive discussions focusing on our carbon reduction work and the opportunities it presents to create a better and more sustainable future for all New Zealanders. Sustainable healthcare can bring wide co-benefits to health, health equity and well-being and the conference will address topics of mitigation, adaptation, risk, opportunity, and innovation.

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

Speakers will include national and international experts and a wide range of stakeholders from the New Zealand health sector, DHBs, and research sector. Details of the programme and keynote speakers will be announced shortly.

Call for abstracts

The Sustainable Healthcare and Climate Health Aotearoa Conference invites experts, researchers, up-and-coming climate  leaders and sustainability champions to submit abstracts for presentation (in person or virtually) at our annual conference in Wellington on 22–23 June 2021.

The theme is 'Re-thinking Sustainable Health in Aotearoa'.

With a broad scope, abstracts detailing climate change and health, sustainability and healthcare, research, innovation, and best practice will be taken into consideration to create the varied two-day programme.  The committee would be particularly interested to receive abstracts from indigenous and Pasifika perspectives, abstracts about climate change and health, sustainable healthcare and/or health delivery contexts.

Examples include the following topics:

  • Effects of climate change on health and health equity, particularly hauora Māori
  • Health co-benefits of climate change mitigation
  • Health/hauora and health equity-centred climate change adaptation
  • Health equity and te Tiriti in climate policy-making
  • Health, equity and sustainability in the built environment, housing and infrastructure
  • Climate change and health in transport and energy systems
  • Communication and collaboration
  • Rethinking healthcare practice
  • Sustainable food systems
  • Sustainable infrastructure
  • Sustainable supply chains and procurement
  • Offsetting

The deadline for abstracts has been extended to:  30 April 2021

Submissions requirements: Name, Organisation, Email address, Title of presentation, Abstract (max. 400 words)

Please send your abstract to:

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, 22 June 2021 - Wednesday, 23 June 2021
Time 9:00am - 5:00pm
Audience All University,Alumni,Allied health professionals
Event Type Conference
DepartmentPreventive and Social Medicine (Dunedin)
LocationNordmeyer Theatre, Level D, University of Otago, Wellington, 23A Mein Street, Newtown, Wellington
CostTBC – will supply this information in due course
Contact NameFaith Atkins
Contact Phone+64 4 918 6301

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