Eugenie Kayak appointed as Enterprise Professor in Sustainable Healthcare

We’re very pleased to announce that Eugenie Kayak has been appointed Enterprise Professor in Sustainable Healthcare at the Department of Critical Care.

A headshot of Professor Eugenie Kayak.

Professor Eugenie Kayak from the Department of Critical Care.

Professor Kayak is a consultant anaesthetist at Austin and Alfred Health. For over a decade she has been a leader and champion for sustainable healthcare, working with Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA), her own specialty, the AMA and wider medical profession to raise awareness of and address healthcare’s carbon footprint and environmental impact. Professor Kayak is presently Convenor of DEA’s national Sustainable Healthcare Special Interest Group and is a past DEA board member and co-chair.

Work with the AMA has resulted in a joint DEA/AMA MOU and collaboration calling for the Australian healthcare sector to be net zero carbon emissions by 2040, as well as engagement of Australia’s specialist medical colleges in the field of sustainable healthcare. She has presented, taught and contributed to numerous documents and sustainable healthcare publications, including DEA’s Net zero emissions: responsibilities, pathways and opportunities for Australia’s healthcare sector report and Proposal for a National Sustainable Healthcare Unit, and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetist’s (ANZCA’s) Statement on Environmental Sustainability in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine Practice.

In appointing Professor Kayak, the University recognises her outstanding national and international leadership in sustainable healthcare. In this part-time role, Professor Kayak will develop strategies to incorporate sustainable healthcare initiatives into research, teaching and engagement across the Melbourne Medical School, with our hospital partners, and in the Faculty more broadly, working closely with Professor Kathryn Bowen from the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health and Melbourne Climate Futures.