Environmentally friendly project wins People’s Choice poster at National Medicinewise Awards

A poster that looked into how pharmacies could be more environmentally friendly was recognised as the best poster by colleagues at the National Medicines Symposium, held late last week by NPS MedicineWise in Canberra.

Hospital pharmacist Grace Wong, who is also founder of the group Pharmacists for the Environment Australia, spearheaded the research along with Queensland University of Technology pharmacy lecturer Judith Singleton.

The poster explored the impact of climate change on health, and considered ways to reduce this impact including through:

  • Embedding sustainability criteria into purchasing contracts;
  • Adding sustainability principles to Orientation Manual for new staff;
  • Increasing recycling;
  • Reducing energy usage;
  • Reducing paper usage;
  • Having re-usable cups, crockery and cutlery;
  • Removing bottled water cooler; and
  • Education sessions for staff.

Ms Wong said she was “excited to have green pharmacy practice work recognised at National Medicines Symposium”.

Grace Wong receives her People's Choice award from NPS MedicineWise outgoing CEO Lynn Weekes. Credit: Joanne Gross

Grace Wong receives her People’s Choice award from NPS MedicineWise outgoing CEO Lynn Weekes. Credit: Joanne Gross

Grace Wong discusses her poster with colleagues.

Grace Wong discusses her poster with colleagues. Credit: Joanne Gross