Sustainable Healthcare in Practice

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Sustainable Healthcare in Practice

Register your interest for the next intake through the EOI form below.

$2500  (accredited)
$2200  (non-accredited)

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A first-of-its-kind across Australia, this course addresses a critical area in health that is rapidly gaining attention and importance with national and international efforts to meet climate change and sustainability imperatives.

In a time when the impacts of climate change, planetary and human health are even more crucial to our daily lives, MSDI’s Sustainable Healthcare in Practice micro-credential will provide you with the skills to create an inclusive, equitable, restorative and resilient health system.

Health professionals, health organisations, educators, industry bodies and leading global experts in the field agree that there is a rapidly growing need to understand how the health sector contributes to the current environmental and climate crises. If you want to make a difference and contribute towards positive change with healthcare’s impact on the environment, we will provide you with the knowledge and skills to create sustainable practice for a healthy future.

On completion you'll be able to

  • Critically analyse interconnections between climate change, health equity and the healthcare sector, and the concept of planetary health.

  • Articulate the rationale and co-benefits for sustainable healthcare, incorporating a range of end-user perspectives.

  • Apply systems thinking and behavioural science insights to understand and influence change.

  • Interpret decarbonisation pathways, key circular economy concepts and evaluate effective strategies for net zero carbon healthcare.

  • Develop a practical and context-appropriate sustainable healthcare plan for a health organisation/unit.

  • Effectively collaborate to influence change towards sustainable healthcare.

What you'll learn

Drawing from international and national best practice, evidence and expertise, the course will discuss:

  • Concepts of planetary health and sustainable healthcare
  • Social and structural determinants of health inequity
  • How the health sector contributes to the current environmental and climate crises
  • Insights from systems perspectives and behavioural science to influence change
  • Pathways to decarbonise healthcare and achieve net zero carbon
  • Circular economy concepts and their application to healthcare
  • Case studies of sustainable healthcare practice in energy, water, procurement, transport and waste applied to clinical and non-clinical setting
  • Effective collaboration utilising behaviour change, stakeholder engagement and co-design approaches to influence change towards sustainable healthcare.

The course will be delivered online featuring leading experts in live webinars and videos, case studies and applied learning activities.

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Who should attend

The course is recommended for existing health professionals, health educators and aspiring graduate students in the Master of Public Health and other masters in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

The online and flexible format of the course will particularly suit those in the workplace, as well as students located within Australia and beyond.

If you decide to be assessed, you can apply for credit towards the M6024 Master of Public Health.

Program dates and times

Next intake: March 2023 (8 weeks)

You'll be expected to allocate 6-8 hours/week over the 8-week course. The course also includes a live 90-minute webinar in weeks 1, 4 and 8 on a Friday, 4 - 5.30 pm.

We will be offering this course in March and August 2023.

Program fee

$2500 + GST (Accredited)
$2200 + GST (Non-accredited)
  • Monash staff and students are eligible for a 10% discount.

More questions?

Have a look at our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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