Decarbonisation program finalist at NSW Premier's Awards

An innovative sustainability project working to reduce carbon emissions in cancer care has been named as a finalist in the 2022 NSW Premier’s Awards.

The NSW Premier’s Awards celebrate achievements and excellence in the delivery of services by the public sector to the state’s community.

The Decarbonising Paediatric Cancer Care program, led by the Kids Cancer Centre (KCC) at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick (SCH), was nominated for the Well Connected Communities with Quality Local Environments award.

This program, through three small-scale projects, takes a person-centred systems approach to carbon reduction in all aspects of cancer service delivery.

These projects underwrite a stronger and more sustainable future by removing 13.7 tonnes of carbon emissions and saving $630,000. Read more about the projects here.

This reduction was delivered across clinical services, local policy, waste management and supply chain – demonstrating how decarbonisation practices can be integrated into the delivery of world-class health care.

Dr Felicity Wright, Innovation Manager at KCC, said the award was a wonderful recognition of the hard work the centre’s staff have done to help reduce the environmental impact of cancer service delivery.

“I am beyond excited the Decarbonising Paediatric Cancer Care program has been named a finalist in the 2022 NSW Premier’s Awards,” Dr Wright said.

“Cancer-related services are a major contributor to the climate impact of healthcare. We have an obligation to reduce its carbon footprint and look for innovative ways to reduce the environmental impact of the care we provide.

“The KCC program has been able to demonstrate that cancer care and climate action can co-exist.”

The Decarbonising Paediatric Cancer Care program was led by Dr Wright, Dr Richard Mitchell, and Professor Tracey O’Brien – with KCC and Network staff contributing to each of the small-scale projects.

Congratulations to the KCC team, this achievement is a testament to the incredible work the centre has delivered in sustainability this year.

The 2022 Premier’s Awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday, 29 November.