Come and hear Steven Wells speak about Sustainability and Healthcare: The Role of Therapeutic Gardens at our two FREE public forums. They’re our contribution to celebrating World Environment Day. And EVERYONE IS INVITED.
Steven‘s got 14 years’ experience in this unique field which earned him a 2015 Churchill Fellowship to research the development, use and management of therapeutic gardens in healthcare settings. Having established the horticultural therapy program at Austin Health and designed and implemented the sensory and healing gardens at Austin Health’s Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre, he was also awarded ABC Gardening Australia Magazine’s 2012 Garden of the Year.
Our SWH Environmental Sustainability project officer Elvira Hewson says the topic Steven’s talking on is timely because we’re currently constructing a therapeutic garden for rehabilitation patients at our Warrnambool Base hospital. We also have sensory gardens in our Extended Care Inpatient Unit, our Mental Health Services Residential Unit and at our Merindah Lodge aged care facility.
Elvira hopes attending one of these forums will inspire dialogue about topics related to healthcare and sustainability. ‘Environmental sustainability involves addressing health system performance in terms of energy, water and waste practices but also encompasses the need to foster built environments that protect and promote health.’
Each will run for 45 minutes and there’ll be a cuppa afterwards to encourage everyone to stay on and chat. (For catering purposes please let Elvira know you’re coming by phoning 5563 4068 by 10am Monday.) Warrnambool’s will be held in the Base Hospital’s ACE Lecture Theatre on June 6 at 2.30pm and Camperdown’s will be held at the hospital on June 7 at 10am.
PHOTO 1: Elvira (from left), Rehabilitation Unit manager Helen Moyle and gardener Melinda Grant are looking forward to showing Steven through our largest therapeutic garden project to date. To be finished by Christmas, it’s been designed by a Melbourne consultant, with significant input from our rehabilitation nurses, geriatricians and allied health clinicians. A bequest and proceeds from our annual Rehabilitation Unit Christmas BBQ have financed it.