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95% of doctors want to take a leadership role in the area of sustainable healthcare

Doctors want to lead out on sustainable healthcare

A new survey by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland shows that doctors want to lead out on sustainable healthcare. The survey, conducted with RCPI Members and Fellows ahead of the College's Green Health Symposium on 6 November, looked at the concerns of doctors in relation to climate change and the environment. Public Health Consultant, Dr Ina Kelly will present the full survey results at the Green Health Symposium but some interesting take outs include:

  • 97% of doctors are worried about climate change and pollution
  • 56% think climate change is the biggest worry
  • 3% believe the national health service is doing enough to deliver healthcare in an environmentally friendly way

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland has partnered with APC Microbiome Ireland, a world-leading SFI Research Centre and the Irish Heart Foundation to host the inaugural Green Health Symposium on 6 November in their historic home at 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

This one-day event is designed to inform doctors, allied healthcare professionals and policy makers about imminent environmental challenges for health, and to empower them to advocate for behaviour and policy changes to improve the health of the nation and our planet.

To mark the occasion RCPI will plant 10 native Irish trees in West Clare.

Prof Mary Horgan, President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland says, “I’m really excited that we’re hosting a conference on Green Health.

“The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland is partnering with APC Microbiome Ireland and The Irish Heart Foundation to bring together experts in these areas of concern so that we can highlight the issues that environmental change will have on people’s health. I’m also delighted that we will be joined by a representative from Irish Doctors for the Environment who will address the symposium about their campaigns and concerns.

“Our aim is to have a robust debate on how we, as an island, can address these environmental issues. This is a call to arms, in particular, to our trainee doctors who will be the policy shaping healthcare professionals of the future.”

Professor Mary Horgan, President RCPI

Irish Heart Foundation extremely concerned about the impact of the climate crisis

Dr Tim Collins, CEO of the Irish Heart Foundation says, “We are very pleased to partner with the College in this important symposium that will highlight many of the key issues relating to the climate crisis and human health.

“The Irish Heart Foundation is extremely concerned about the impact of the climate crisis and believe that action on climate will have significant co-benefits for human health. This unprecedented crisis has led to a mobilisation of civil society groups across the planet and the very strong linkages between human and planet health demand that health organisations such as the IHF add their voice.

“We would like to raise the level of debate about the nexus between cardiovascular health and the major shifts that are necessary in the way we organise everything from transport to food production in order to address the climate crisis.”

APC Microbiome Ireland welcomes the opportunity to discuss the challenges of climate change

Professor Fergus Shanahan, Principal Investigator, APC Microbiome Ireland SFI Research Centre says, “APC Microbiome Ireland welcomes the opportunity to discuss the challenges of climate change for health at this symposium. Microorganisms not only contribute to the rate of climate change; they can also contribute immensely to its effective mitigation. Resistance to antibiotics (antimicrobial resistance; AMR) is a global health threat and poses serious challenges for Irish and other national health systems.”

Prof Michael Depledge the keynote speaker on 6 November

The Green Health Symposium welcomes Prof Michael Depledge, Emeritus Professor of Environment and Human Health and Chair of the Board of the European Centre for Environment and Human Health as its keynote speaker.

Topics being explored on the day include infectious disease and the effects of climate change, air pollution, the obesogenic environment, manipulating the microbiome, alternatives to antibiotics, safe and green transport solutions, and plastic waste in medicine.

As part of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland’s commitment to the environment the Green Health Symposium aims to produce as little waste as possible. Printed materials will be kept to a minimum and any produced will be recycled. Lanyards and name badges will be collected to be used again. Compostable coffee cups will be provided and water will be served in glass bottles to cut down on plastic waste. Ten native trees will be planted to mark the day.

This event takes place on 6 November at No.6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2 and is open to all.

Tickets are priced at €100 or €50 for RCPI Trainees. 

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