South Metropolitan Health Service
Sustainability at the heart of public health – embedding the UN Sustainable Development Goals to achieve excellence in both operations and outcomes.
South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS) serves over 630,000 residents in the southern half of Perth, encompassing Fremantle, Rockingham, Mandurah, and Kwinana. Covering an area of 3,300 square kilometres, SMHS provides hospital and community-based public health services. Cundall was engaged in expanding on their existing Environmental Sustainability Framework to develop specific targets and actions across their main environmental impact areas throughout their facilities and services.
Our team developed a sustainability strategy to set a clear vision and prioritise carbon reduction and environmentally sustainable healthcare, aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030, the Global Green Healthy Hospitals Network and the SMHS Environmental Sustainability Framework. The strategy development included benchmarking reviews, internal stakeholder engagement and specific and measurable target setting.
"Embracing sustainable practices mitigates the healthcare sector's environmental impact and builds resilience amid climate-related disruptions. It was incredibly insightful to speak to so many highly engaged stakeholders throughout the project and hear their ideas and actions on how to tackle the unique sustainability challenges in the public healthcare sector," said Madlen Jannaschk, APAC ESG Lead and Sustainability Associate.
SHMS has been leading the way in the public health care sector in WA by appointing a dedicated sustainability officer to support and facilitate sustainability initiatives across the organisation.
SMHS was the first WA health service to join Global Green and Healthy Hospitals.
SMHS signed the Health Care Climate Challenge Change and Pledge, committing to leadership in tackling climate change.
Sustainable care ensures improved long-term health outcomes while minimising environmental impact, fostering resilience, and creating a healthier world for future generations.