heat stress

The Effects of Extreme Heat on Population Health in Australia

Numerous studies have associated high ambient temperatures with adverse health outcomes. Extreme environmental heat can trigger the onset of acute conditions as well as exacerbate a range of underlying illnesses. Due to stresses placed on the body’s thermoregulatory mechanisms, failure to adequately dissipate increased body heat can lead to heat-related illnesses ranging in severity from mild to life threatening.

Implications of Climate Change for Health Services in Australia

The aim of this discussion paper is to propose "a framework discussion for consideration by policy makers at Commonwealth, state and local levels in addition to public health professionals, clinicians and aged care service providers who are at the front line of delivery of services." The discussion paper highlights the challenges facing health professionals as: 1) heat stress, exacerbation of heat related chronic conditions 2) infectious diseases (for example, possible expansion of dengue fever 3) food and water borne diseases 4) increased extreme weather events (floods, storms, fires)