Melinda Davis works in a Sydney hospital and is alarmed by the plastic bottle wastage she witnesses every day. Melinda (right] writes: I work in a large tertiary metropolitan hospital. About four years ago, overnight we went from a jug and...
IV bags, oxygen  tubing and facemasks ... it's estimated that Australia uses 2500 tonnes of PVC in medical products each year and an estimated 5O million IV bags go to landfill. When PVC breaks down it releases harmful chemicals...
We're used to hearing about the health benefits of breastfeeding, both for mothers and babies. But what about the health benefits for our environment, both small and large scale? Has it ever occured to you that infant formula requires...
Our story on plastic water bottles in hospitals drew a huge response. Chris Nimmo on the south coast of NSW has also been trying to reduce plastic useage in his hospital. Chris discusses the difficulty of making changes in...
This guest post by Randolph Wild of Newcastle follows our story Sick of coal. Randolph's background is mainly in architecture and furniture design. He works in a state government office and specialises in managing projects in local public schools. Randolph...
Fires of unprecedented number and ferocity are today raging in New South Wales and Queensland. Residents in some regions woke to news that the fire danger was “catastrophic”. Rural fire chief Shane Fitzsimmons was blunt when he explained what...
A special seminar on Environmental Health will be held at the NSWNMA in Waterloo (south Sydney) on Friday 14 March, with international speaker Dr Barbara Sattler and guests Fiona Armstrong and Teresa Lewis discussing fracking, coal seam gas, climate change and their impact on...
Alice Suttie writes about nursing in a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene. Fires, floods, hurricanes and cyclones, spread of new diseases, drought, water access issues, new diseases, food shortages, heatwaves, rising sea-levels…welcome to nursing in the Anthropocene. Last year, at the...
This Environmental Health Seminar for Nurses and Midwives was held at the NSW Nurses and Midwives' Association (NSWNMA) in April this year, where health professionals came together to tackle the big issues. More than 40 nurses and midwives attended this...
Angie Gittus, a nurse from Murwillumbah in northern NSW, joined hundreds of other local protestors - or protectors - in a recent bid to stop drilling for coal seam gas in the Northern Rivers. Their Bentley Blockade developed into...
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