09 September 2016
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Melbourne Health has been announced as a finalist in the Health category for this year's Premier's Sustainability Awards for the 'Reducing Waste One Dialysis Patient at a Time' program.

Sustainability Victoria Chief Executive Stan Krpan congratulated the Melbourne Health team for their great work in reducing the impacts of climate change and building a more sustainable environment in Victoria.

“Delivering these awards each year means we continue to discover the talent and enthusiasm Victorians have for protecting their environment and thinking creatively about new sustainable business models.”

“These awards represent Victoria’s highest recognition for sustainability, and acknowledge leadership, innovation and achievement. Each finalist should be congratulated for improving sustainable outcomes across business, government and within the community," Mr Krpan said.

Nephrology practice (the treatment of kidney disease), is one of the most energy and resource intensive treatments in medicine and has significant negative environmental effects.

Melbourne Health Nephrology has developed a leading environmental sustainability multidisciplinary team, which champions a range of waste reduction initiatives and significantly decreases the amount of waste the service as a whole, and its patients, produce each year.

By seeking alternative disposal methods for PVC materials and by improving recycling, the nephrology service was able to make significant reductions in clinical waste, while helping to educate staff and patients about sustainable practices and appropriate waste segregation.

One satellite dialysis site reduced their clinical waste per patient treatment from 2.4 kg in 2010 to 1.55 kg in early 2016, representing a sustained 35 per cent reduction in clinical waste.

Now in their 14th year, the Premier's Sustainability Awards continue to promote leadership and innovation in sustainability, and encourage a broader adoption of these practices by all Victorians.

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday 20 October at the Plaza Ballroom, in Melbourne. The Hon Daniel Andrews, Premier of Victoria will personally select two winners for the Premier's Regional Recognition Award and the Premier's Recognition Award to be presented at the awards ceremony.

For more information on the awards, finalists and to purchase tickets for the award ceremony, visit www.sustainabilityawards.vic.gov.au

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