Online Course
Sustainable Healthcare and Environmental Physiotherapy
Do no harm: caring for the environment to protect the health of current and future generations

1-1.5 hours





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Srishti Banerjee
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Interested in the mental health aspects of physiotherapy care and looking beyond the realms of traditional physiotherapy

To envision, explore, enhance, and employ environmental physiotherapy

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Climate change and sustainability are at the forefront of current events. According to the United Nations, we are experiencing accelerated global warming due to human activities and it will take a united effort to slow this trend. Hypothetically if global health care was a country, it would be considered to be the fifth-largest producer of greenhouse gas emissions in the world. As healthcare professionals, we must expand the concept of ‘do no harm’ to our planet, and physiotherapists are uniquely situated to help decrease healthcare’s carbon footprint and the release of pharmaceutical pollutants into the world’s water cycle.


This course aims to introduce the concept of sustainable healthcare and highlights the role physiotherapists can play in decreasing healthcare’s carbon footprint and environmental pollution.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1-1.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • explain the concept of sustainable healthcare and why it is important to achieve it
  • describe the sources of healthcare’s carbon footprint
  • discuss how physiotherapy can help to decrease a hospital's carbon footprint
  • discuss how NSAIDs affect aquatic environments, and how physiotherapy can help to decrease aquatic pharmaceutical pollution
  • justify the role of physiotherapy as a driver in the future of sustainable healthcare

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Srishti Banerjee: No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
This is an excellent course. It contains all the key material you need to keep up to date about being an environmentally conscious practitioner, alongside current evidence on how to minimise your carbon footprint.
Fleur Neill
New Zealand
The issue of climate change is topical. Every responsible physiotherapist should absolutely imbibe its importance. Thus, I invite all physiotherapists around the world to follow this course in full with great interest. If you understand the importance of preserving the environment for the benefit of future generations, do not miss a course.
Joseph Jean Alain FOTSO
More ammunition to advocate for physiotherapy as the first line of action in diagnosis and treatment! Thank you!
Margaret Gertzen
South Africa
This is a great introductory course for the novice who needs to be aware of the practical way a physiotherapist can practice sustainable health care.
Sibyl Edward
Saint Lucia