Neighbourhood Heat Stress Response Workshop

Wednesday 12 February, 2020
10.00am - 1.00pm

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RD Watt Seminar Room 203, RD Watt Building, Science Road


As we have recently seen and experienced, climate change is here, and it is now. Of all developed countries across the globe, Australia is probably the most vulnerable to the consequences. Beyond the bushfires, one of the leading climate change-related health hazard for Australians is the effect of extreme heat. In response to this threat, public health bodies over the last decade have implemented heat-health action plans that aim to provide the public with information to reduce their personal heat stress risk. While there is some evidence to support the efficacy of these heat-health action plans, several major limitations typically remain:

  • The health impacts of hot temperatures can potentially be modified by factors such as wind speed, humidity, and solar radiation exposure.
  • The health impacts of hot weather are not yet individualised in a manner that accounts for factors such as age, medication, co-morbidities, social factors etc.
  • Many recommendations to mitigate the health effects of hot weather are not grounded in scientific evidence.
  • Policy responses to heat stress remain primarily focused on the individual, while global research illustrates the need to emphasise community knowledge, relationships, and resources, such as accessible cooling centres and viable transport, for the most vulnerable.

Our Neighbourhood Heat Stress Response Project aims to address these shortcomings by developing and implementing a simplified extreme heat-health policy that delivers evidence-based heat-health advice based on on-going experimental studies and community experiences to the wider community. This workshop begins this process by listening to existing expertise from health officials, researchers, and community organisations.

This is a closed workshop.