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Environmentally sustainable health care: now is the time for action

Forbes McGain, Meriel Chamberlin and Jane Milburn
Med J Aust 2020; 213 (10): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.50828
Published online: 16 November 2020

To the Editor: The MJA and Madden and colleagues1 display foresight and leadership in advocating for a transition to environmentally sustainable health care. The current coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‐19) pandemic exposes dual sustainability challenges: uncertain provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the face of a fractured global supply chain and burgeoning waste from single‐use materials. Australia has an opportunity to respond to both challenges by accessing local capability and switching to reusable PPE as appropriate.

  • Forbes McGain1,2
  • Meriel Chamberlin3
  • Jane Milburn4

  • 1 Western Health, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2 University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC
  • 3 Full Circle Fibres, Brisbane, QLD
  • 4 Textile Beat, Brisbane, QLD

Correspondence: forbes.mcgain@wh.org.au

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