Incorporating sustainability into community-based healthcare practice

Ecohealth. 2011 Sep;8(3):277-89. doi: 10.1007/s10393-011-0711-0. Epub 2011 Nov 2.


There is now irrefutable evidence that climate change and increasing environmental degradation negatively affect population health. Healthcare plays an important role in addressing these emerging environmental challenges, considering its core aim is to protect and promote health. Preliminary research in Victoria, Australia, suggests that healthcare practitioners are endeavouring to factor in environmental concerns into their practice. Health promotion, an integral part of the healthcare system, is considered an area of practice that can support action on sustainability. Based on five qualitative case studies and key stakeholder interviews, this article explores key barriers and facilitators to incorporating sustainability into community-based healthcare practice. The findings demonstrate that despite multiple barriers, including funding and lack of policy direction, health promotion principles and practices can enable action on sustainability.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Climate Change*
  • Community Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Ecosystem
  • Health Promotion*
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Policy Making
  • Public Health
  • Victoria