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Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University

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Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI) is committed to advancing the wellbeing of people and planet for current and future generations. We collaborate with partners to build knowledge and capacity to drive practical change, incorporating the knowledge and expertise of practitioners, policy-makers and academics. We apply a powerful set of research, policy and education capabilities towards making systems more sustainable and resilient, including expertise in system transformation and behaviour change, through our major initiatives Climateworks Centre and Behaviourworks Australia.

MSDI's Director, Prof Tony Capon was the world's first Professor of Planetary Health. MSDI has built a consortium of health sector leaders in Australia to work together to improve the sustainability and resilience of the Australian health system. It also runs a Sustainable Healthcare in Practice Microcredential and provides an evidence review service. We have undertaken applied behavioural research to reduce hospital waste and improve patient safety.

MSDI is part of Australia’s largest and most international university – Monash University. MSDI works in collaboration with the ten Monash faculties, including the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, which has recently established a ‘Health and Climate Initiative’. The imitative champions the role of clinician researchers in reducing the impact of climate change on health, as well as address the impact of carbon-intensive healthcare systems on the climate.

Supporting the following commitments:

  • Conduct climate change and health vulnerability and adaptation assessments (V&As) at population level and/or health care facility level.
  • Develop a health national adaptation plan (HNAP) informed by the health V&A, which forms part of the National Adaptation Plan.
  • Use the V&A and HNAP to facilitate access to climate change funding for health.
  • Develop an action plan or roadmap by a set date to develop a sustainable low carbon health system (including supply chains).

Country experience:

Australia: 1, 2, 6


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