Our contribution to the region’s World Environment Day celebrations, both these hour-long forums are open to the public and free. The first will be held in the ACE Lecture Theatre of our Warrnambool Base Hospital on June 6 at 2.30pm. The second will be held at our Camperdown Hospital on June 7 at 10am.
Here at SWH we’re really getting into environmental sustainability in a big way. We’re addressing energy and water use, working towards best-practice recycling options, and creating sensory gardens because of the proven benefits of developing built environments that protect and promote health. We’re also organising events such as these forums to increase awareness and conversations about sustainability-related topics.
And Steven Wells is the perfect person to help with all of this. He’s successfully combined his nursing and horticultural careers to work as a horticultural therapist, nurse and Gardens & Grounds Project Officer at Austin Health in Melbourne. Having established the horticulture therapy program there, and designed and implemented their sensory and healing gardens at its Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre, he was awarded ABC Gardening Australia magazine’s 2012 Garden of the Year. Then, in 2015, he received a Churchill Fellowship to research the development, use and management of therapeutic gardens in healthcare settings.
At the end of these forums we’ll be serving morning or afternoon tea. For our catering purposes please let our Environment Sustainability Project Officer Elvira Hewson know you’re coming. She’s on 5563 4068 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
ATTENTION SWH STAFF... THERE'S AN EXTRA TREAT FOR YOU! Steven will speak to clinical and allied health workers about engaging with patients via therapeutic gardens from 1.45 - 2.15 on June 6. Fifteen minutes after this presentation he then guest-speaks at our 2.30pm public forum (both to be held in our ACE Lecture Theatre). You're welcome to come to both.
At the 2.15 staff-only event Steven will address topics including designing programs for active involvement in gardens, engaging with patients in sensory gardens, maintaining gardens and OH&S considerations for garden programs.