Sustainable Healthcare Module

The Commission has drafted a Sustainable Healthcare Module that is currently undergoing public consultation.

Improving sustainability can improve the safety and quality of care, improve the health of the community, reduce low value care, reduce unwarranted variation and reduce waste.

Consultation open

The Commission is seeking your feedback on the Sustainable Healthcare Module’s applicability, content and appropriateness to the health sector.

You are invited to provide feedback on the Module, in whole or in part or for specific actions that are important to you. Consultation is open to anyone who wishes to participate.

Have your say

Access the draft Module for consultation below and provide feedback by:

Consultation will close on 31 January 2023.

An image of the front cover of the Consultation Paper - Draft Sustainable Healthcare Module
Guide, user guide or guidelines

Why address sustainability?

Delivering environmentally sustainable and adaptable services is critical for all sectors and an important national priority. Australia has one of the best healthcare systems in the world, however the delivery of these services contributes 7% of Australia’s total emissions. It is essential that Australia’s health systems act to improve sustainability, adapt to and mitigate risks associated with global climate changes.  

Improving sustainability can improve the safety and quality of care, improve the health of the community, reduce low value care, unwarranted variation and reduce waste.


The Commission established a Sustainable Environment Advisory Group (the Advisory Group) to provide expert technical advice and guidance on the development of a Sustainable Healthcare Module. The Advisory Group is compiled of multidisciplinary health professionals and a consumer with industry experience and expertise in sustainability, mitigation, resilience and adaptation within health care.

The Sustainable Healthcare Module will be voluntary for health service organisations. It can be implemented in any health service organisation and can be assessed as part of the organisation’s routine accreditation, should the organisation choose. Implementing the module will rely on the health service organisation’s existing governance structure.

The Commission engaged the Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) and Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI) to conduct a review of existing policies and literature, to better understand the potential safety and quality implications and solutions facing health service organisations related to climate change and the associated extreme weather events and changing patterns of disease.


An image of the front cover of the document A Review of Sustainable Healthcare
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For further questions or advice, please contact the Safety and Quality Advice Centre.

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