A heatwave is a period of unusual and uncomfortably hot weather that could negatively affect human health, and community infrastructure (such as the power supply and public transport) and services.
Extreme heat can kill. Heat-related illness can range from a rash or cramps to more serious conditions such as heat stroke.
People most at risk are people over 65, particularly if they live alone, the very young and people with a pre-existing medical condition.
Remember the most important thing to do during periods of extreme heat is to:
If you are concerned that someone may be suffering a heat-related illness, encourage them to see their doctor or call an ambulance on 000 or 106 for people with a hearing or speech problem.
You may also call Nurse-on-Call on 1300 606 024 for 24hr health advice.
The Better Health Channel website provides advice on health matters.
You can also access health alerts issued by the Department of Health and Human Services.