Climate Change and Heatwaves in Australia: A ResearchOpportunity for Environmental Health Officers?
Environmental Health Australia
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Exercise, Biomedical and Health Science
Climate change and the predicted increase in the frequency and severity of heatwaves and heat-related deaths is an area of particular concern in Australia. The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has listed health challenges of climate change as one of its strategic plans and special plan initiatives for funding. It has become important for public health institutions to develop their capacity to predict and respond to heatwaves. The frequency and severity of heatwaves are likely to increase over the next few years and there are a number of research opportunities for environmental health officers which might lead to appropriate public health interventions.