The 2020 ANMF (Vic Branch) Health and Environmental Sustainability Conference will take place in the wake of summer’s extreme bushfires and their health impacts.
On 1 May, nurses, midwives and carers who want to know more about reducing the health sector’s carbon footprint and waste will gather at the ANMF (Vic Branch) at 535 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, to hear from expert speakers and colleagues who have introduced ground-breaking practice changes in their workplaces.
Keynote speakers include Professor Kate Auty, Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability, who will talk about climate change as a human rights issue that will have the most impact on women and children, and society’s vulnerable.
Climate change-related bushfires are already impacting on our human rights to life, security, health and shelter, Professor Auty says, and those who are most susceptible are those with the least power and resources.
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio will deliver a state address at the conference.
Other speakers include Angie Bone, Deputy Chief Health Officer (Environment), Victorian Government on ‘How climate change is impacting Victorian health services – importance of health sector leadership’, Hannah Ryan-West, Clinical Nurse Specialist – ED, Ballarat Base Hospital on using evidence-based practice to facilitate change and Max Smith, Campaigner – Clean Air, Environmental Justice Australia, on protecting the air we breathe.