Heat Wave

SGG PCP was selected with 9 other PCPs to participate in the pilot project for the Victorian Heatwave Strategy. This is a component of the Department of Human Services’ Climate Change Adaptation program. Results of the pilots were used to develop local government resources for the distribution across the state. Heatwaves are a focus for public health because they are expected to cause excess deaths and illness as evidence during the heatwaves elsewhere in the world, including an estimated 35,000 deaths in Western Europe in 2003. The local Heatwave Strategy will identify who is most vulnerable to the impacts of heatwave; how we can best alert them to heatwave conditions; how those at risk should respond to reduce the risk and what recovery plans are required.

Contact Jo Brown ~ joanne.brown@wdhs.net or 0428 310 280