Sustainable gardens at Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre


Gardens at Austin Health flourish without watering

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Austin Health is committed to embedding sustainable practices and projects into every aspect of our practice.

Austin Health's Sustainability Unit finds ways to reduce water and energy use, and creates policy and plans to help us adapt for the impacts of climate change - for example, increasingly frequent asthma storm events and heat wave days.

This helps us reduce the environmental impact of health care, and enhance patient health and wellbeing.

Having low-maintenance, gardens with shady trees and shrubs throughout the grounds improves our microclimate and wellbeing. Our preference for indigenous and other drought-resistant plants reduces the need for watering, but also supports native birds and insects.

Inside our buildings, we try to improve our insulation wherever possible, to make it easier to maintain comfortable temperatures year round, and reduce our expenditure on energy for heating and cooling. 

We run nitiatives year-round to increase recycling signage and education, work with suppliers to recycle their products, and increase the types of waste we can recycle, such as soft plastic.

You can read more detail about our initiatives in our Environmental Sustainability Strategy 2017-20

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Austin Health acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.
We celebrate, value and include people of all backgrounds, genders, sexualities, cultures, bodies and abilities.