The Department of Health recognises the link between the health and wellbeing of Victorians and the health and wellbeing of the environment.
Within this context, this section of the website focuses on improving the environmental performance of the health system.
Sustainability in health
The three broad themes in sustainable healthcare are: creating sustainable environments; changing climate; and sustainability in health system performance.
Capital works and sustainability
New healthcare facilities and major redevelopments need to achieve a best practice level of performance against GreenStar Healthcare.
Carbon emissions in healthcare facilities
Healthcare services can generate high levels of carbon emissions due to the nature of their activities.
Health service environmental requirements and environmental management planning
Victorian public healthcare services are subject to state and Commonwealth regulatory environmental programs, which have planning and reporting requirements.
Environmental data management tools
Environmental data is information on environmental impacts from the operation of a facility or organisation.
Victorian public hospitals consume about one per cent of the total stationary energy used in Victoria.
There are a number of strategies available for improving sustainable procurement of products and services.
Effective management of waste provides opportunities to reduce operational costs for health services.
There are various sustainable water use and reuse programs in the public health sector in Victoria.
Resources on sustainability in healthcare
There is a range of resources available on sustainability in healthcare for health services to access and use.
Download the latest Sustainability update
Reviewed 26 May 2023