A Monash University study aiming to identify nurse initiated environmental sustainability interventions implemented in acute Australian hospitals is seeking people to take part in the study.
Climate change is known to have significant detrimental effects to human health, including an increase in the transmission of vector-borne diseases, extreme weather events, poorer air quality, food insecurity, water scarcity, and forced migration.
In 2015, The Lancet declared climate change a ‘public health emergency’.
The healthcare industry worldwide is a significant contributor to waste production and greenhouse gas emissions, and uses vast amounts of energy and water, that contribute to climate change.
Nurses internationally are known to identify with this problem and implement a number of interventions to mitigate emissions and reduce the impact of health care on the environment.
Nurses make up a large percentage of the healthcare workforce, and are well-represented in all levels of hospital governance and management.
Nurses are involved in ordering, using and disposing of healthcare products and consumables.
They are therefore in a prime position to identify poor environmental sustainability practices and implement practical interventions to address them.
The Monash study is aiming to identify nurse initiated environmental sustainability interventions made in acute Australian hospital settings.
Research findings will be used to improve current knowledge surrounding such interventions, strengthen the enablers and address the barriers to implementing nurse initiated environmental sustainability interventions, and identify what impact nurses believe has been made.
Study participants are being asked to answer 10 questions relating to implementing environmental sustainability interventions.
It is hoped the research will assist to identify practical environmental sustainability interventions, which may in turn enable other healthcare professionals to contribute to this area, along with waste reduction and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions and identifying future research needs in this space.
The study is open until 14 December.
The explanatory statement can be found here.
The consent form can be found here.
To take part in the study contact Megan Mannes on 0411 594 686 or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org