Date published: 
21 November 2019
Intended audience: 
General public
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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 
  • For health advice, call healthdirect on 1800 022 222 to talk to a registered nurse 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

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