Public Health

Heatwave - How to Cope

The Australian Red Cross have produced a Fact Sheet for Coping with Extreme Hot Weather (PDF 779kb).

It is important to understand the impact of heat related illnesses. Babies, young children, frail older adults and people with disability or chronic medical conditions are particularly vulnerable in hot weather.

Climate change is expected to increase the frequency and intensity of heatwaves in Victoria. International and Australian experiences show that heatwaves are known to increase the incidence of illness and death – particularly among vulnerable community members.

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