Heatwave health tips and information

Many parts of Australia are experiencing extreme heat conditions. Learn about the health effects of extreme heat, who is most at risk, the precautions you can take and where to get help during a heatwave.

Why is a heatwave a problem?

A heatwave can affect your health quickly and unexpectedly. The main risks of a heatwave are: 

Who is most at risk?

A heatwave can affect anyone, but the most vulnerable people are:

Where to get help during a heatwave

  • If you become very unwell, contact your doctor or go to the nearest hospital emergency department
  • If you think your symptoms are serious, call triple zero (000) for an ambulance immediately 

healthdirect hotline

Call this number to speak to a registered nurse about your health concerns. The hotline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Last updated: 
17 January 2020

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