Collective action on health and sustainability – How should the Public Health professionals of tomorrow be trained?

Most would agree that a more sustainable approach to organising health services directed toward improving wellbeing  is the way forward. However this is a very complex topic with so many different interests and players that it can sometimes be hard to know where to start. Specialist public health training is designed to produce experts able to navigate this field for exactly this purpose, hence it is key for them to understand how sustainable approaches to health and well-being can be achieved.

With this in mind today sees the launch of the first report of the UK Public Health Registrar Sustainable Development Network (PHRSD network). This showcases work on environmental sustainability from those training in public health across the UK. It considers how public health specialist training might be made more sustainable as well as highlighting the role public health registrars can have in wider public health work on sustainability.

John Ashton, president elect of the UK

Faculty of Public Health concludes;

“I hope that this report can inspire further action by public health professionals, and more widely all health professionals, both in and out of training. Those who are just setting out on their public health journey must pick up the baton of responsibility and pursue it with an urgency which until now has been lacking. Good luck, we all need you to succeed.”

The report can be found at (under Documents halfway down the right hand side of the page).

If you read the report and would like to retweet please use hashtag #PHRSDNet


Copenhagen Cyclists

Copenhagen Cyclists (Photo credit: Mikael Colville-Andersen)


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