This University of Otago-Wellington webinar series focused on sustainable healthcare and climate health and presented the latest information in 30-min programmes that aired fortnightly between June to October 2020. The programme content covered both climate change mitigation and adaptation in relation to health, ranged from research and innovation to policy and operational implementation, with a strong focus on equity and how the right post-COVID response can bring wide co-benefits to health, health equity and well-being.

Introduction to the webinar series by Dr David Pencheon OBE, founding Director of the Sustainable Development Unit for NHS England and Public Health England

Mihi Whakatau by Dr Rhys Jones, Co-convenor, OraTaiao NZ Climate and Health Council

Date Speaker Webinar topic/post-event video link
16 June Honourable Julie Anne Genter, Associate Minister for Health The Government’s response to sustainable healthcare and climate health
30 June Associate Professor Alexandra Macmillan, Environmental Health, University of Otago

A post-COVID equitable green and healthy transition

14 July Dr Ruth Large, Clinical Director Information Services and Virtual Health Care, Waikato DHB and Chair, NZ Telehealth Leadership Group The COVID telehealth boom: Impacts on patient transport and health inequities
28 July Panel of District Health Boards Sustainability Managers and Coordinators Part 1: Climate change mitigation at DHBs | Leadership, carbon, energy and buildings
11 August

Rick Lomax, Associate – Sustainability Advisor, Beca   Bio

The value of developing net zero carbon trajectories based on lessons learnt from the National Health Service, UK
25 August Dr Geoff Kira, School of Health Sciences, Massey University Health equity and access to food
8 September Panel of District Health Boards Sustainability Managers and Coordinators Part 2: Climate change mitigation at DHBs | Transport, procurement and waste
22 September Dr Niki Harre, Professor of Psychology, University of Auckland Climate change and the infinite game


6 October Dr Annette Bolton, Senior Scientist, Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd (ESR) Strengthening adaptation planning and action to climate-related health impacts in Pacific Islands: What we can learn from Tonga
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