Date published: 
18 December 2019
Type: 
News
Intended audience: 
Health sector

Heatwave conditions are expected across much of Australia for the remainder of the week.

Aged Care service providers play an integral role in taking steps to prepare their sites, staff and care recipients for heatwave conditions. Providers should stay informed of current activity by monitoring local media and regularly checking for updates on the Bureau of Meteorology website and through their own state emergency agencies.

Make sure you know the signs of heat stress, including muscle cramps, pallor, dizziness, headache, nausea, increased heart rate, fainting, excessive sweating or no sweating with high temperature and hot, dry skin.

People who experience severe symptoms such as these should seek urgent medical advice.

In an emergency please ring 000 (triple 0).

The following resources contain precautions that should be taken to help prevent heat-related illness for your care recipients:

If you need assistance in finding resources to support you in managing an emergency please refer to the department's website.

Further resources that may be of assistance to you:

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