NSLHD News 1 October 2021

planetary health in the spotlight A dedicated sustainability lead has joined Northern

in this space.” Kate joins NSLHD from South Eastern Sydney Local Health District where she had been the Environmental Sustainability Lead since 2018. She has worked in Australia as a hospital doctor and then internationally in public health medicine and environmentally sustainable healthcare. She also holds a PhD in low-carbon healthcare. Chief Executive Deb Willcox said Kate is an exemplar in the field of healthcare climate risk. “We are so pleased to have Kate on board with her extensive experience in public health medicine and environmental sustainability,” Deb said. “Kate’s position as the climate risk lead at the Sydney North Health Network (SNHN) also creates a strong partnership between NSLHD and SNHN in this important area.” The position is supported

Sydney Local Health District to enhance planetary health and elevate environmental initiatives already underway. Doctor Kate Charlesworth has been appointed as the senior medical consultant for Planetary Health, and will be responsible for driving the implementation of the NSLHD Planetary Health Framework 2021-23 while providing expert advisory services on planetary health and environmental sustainability in NSLHD hospitals and services. there is such a strong commitment across all areas of the organisation – including frontline staff, management, the executive team and the Board – for planetary health,” Kate said. “Climate risk is emerging as a major issue for health and health services and NSLHD is well positioned to be one of the leaders “I am delighted to join NSLHD where

Dr Kate Charlesworth

by the NORTH Foundation. Have you seen a great sustainability initiative that could be implemented in your department, ward or office? NSLHD staff can submit new and existing ideas – to reduce NSLHD’s carbon footprint and improve the health of the community – in the Planetary Health Staff Ideas Portal for consideration here. To find out more about the NSLHD’s commitment to planetary health, visit https://bit.ly/3ma0S57

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