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Hospitals secure Baxter grant to fund innovation in healthcare sustainability

Health Industry Hub | December 13, 2021 |
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MedTech News: Baxter Healthcare announced the winners of the Healthcare Sustainability Challenge to reduce the environmental footprint of our healthcare system.

The inaugural Healthcare Sustainability Challenge awarded $20,000 in prize money to six healthcare organisations in Australia and New Zealand with grants of up to $5,000 to help launch or scale-up innovative environmental programs in the healthcare setting.

The funding will go towards projects spanning recycling programs for single-use plastics and hospital garments to sustainability education programs for healthcare professionals and nursing students.

Baxter Healthcare received more than 50 submissions from 43 hospitals with all submissions assessed on project management plans, resourcing requirements and benefits to the environment.

Winners of the Baxter Healthcare Sustainability Challenge 2021

  • Hollywood Private – Repurposing hospital uniforms and garments from over 2,000 staff.
  • John Hunter Children’s Hospital – Recycling single-use infant feeding bottles.
  • Monash Health – Recycling uniforms from five hospital sites into new textiles.
  • Mater Misericordiae – Developing orientation/training videos to educate hospital staff on the recycling programs in operating theatres.
  • St George Hospital, Kogarah – Water recycling program for dialysis centres.
  • Flinders University – Sustainability education program for nursing students.

General Manager for Baxter Australia & New Zealand Steven Flynn said: “Congratulations to all our winners and finalists for leading the way to create a more sustainable medical supply chain in Australia and New Zealand,” Mr Flynn said.

“Hospital waste is a shared challenge across the industry. As Australia’s only local manufacturer of IV fluids, Baxter is committed to local innovation and sustainable manufacturing to reduce the environmental footprint of our healthcare system.

“Together, through partnerships and sustainable procurement policies we can reduce the amount of hospital waste that ends up in landfill.”

Baxter Healthcare launched the competition to further its commitment to innovative partnerships to reduce, reuse and recycle hospital waste. Baxter partners with hospitals across Australia and New Zealand to divert more than 200 tonnes annually of PVC hospital waste from landfill to be recycled in Australia to make new products including garden hoses and gumboots.

Baxter also operates a collection and recycling program for its aluminium bottles of gas anaesthesia, cardboard delivery boxes and recently introduced recyclable wool-based insulators for cold storage products to replace plastic insulation.


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