The term planetary health has been used in health and environmental sustainability conversation since at least the 1980s.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were developed in response to the need for a planetary health approach, bringing together and interrogating previous goals for human health and for environmentally sustainable development.
At VU, we are part of this rapidly growing international movement and have demonstrated our commitment to the United Nations Sustainability Goals. We focus on finding socially equitable local solutions relevant to local communities, while sharing knowledge with communities around the world.
Examples of this approach are reflected in VU’s Growing Brimbank collaborative program between Mitchell Institute, Victoria University and the City of Brimbank.
This year VU is providing up to $1 million of funding to support 25 projects in our research community, to undertake the world-changing research in the area of place-based planetary health.