2022 - Year in Review

Key role to help lead journey to net zero emissions by 2035

NSLHD Planetary Health Manager Nicola Groskops

Nicola Groskops was appointed as NSLHD’s inaugural Planetary Health Manager to help lead the district towards net zero emissions by 2035.

“Our net zero leads from medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and allied health disciplines, will lead teams of interested staff and students in their service or specialty and conduct action research projects to rethink and reimagine their service with a net zero lens. “Research shows that more than half of healthcare’s carbon footprint is from clinical care, and so it is critical that our staff are engaged in the development of high quality, low carbon models of care. “I encourage staff to work together on quality improvement and innovation initiatives they can champion in their service or department that reduce carbon emissions and help achieve our net zero target.”

The role involves the delivery and evaluation of the current NSLHD Planetary Health Framework 2021-2023 with the guidance of the NSLHD Planetary Health Committee, and working alongside the NSW Ministry of Health to achieve the 2035 target. Nicola said she felt privileged to take on such an integral role and to work with a team of colleagues who shared like-minded goals and aspirations for planetary health. “It is fantastic to be working under Paul Klarenaar, director population and planetary health, and to be guided by Dr Kate Charlesworth, medical consultant planetary health, who is an

inspiring leader in sustainability and planetary health for NSLHD and NSW Health more broadly.” Speaking on some of the focus areas in the short term, Nicola said the district was focused on the development of a baseline carbon footprint as well as commencing the NSLHD Net Zero Leads Program. “The development of a baseline carbon footprint for the district will allow us to better understand our carbon emissions across all hospitals and services, and monitor reductions over time,” she said.


NSLHD 2022 Year in Review

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