A range of online resources and alerts is available to assist public sector organisations support their staff and clients through oppressive environmental conditions in summer.
The Department of Health and Human Services provides a range of alerts, advisories and other information through its Chief Health Officer online resources.
Heat kills more Australians than any other natural disaster. An extreme heat event in 2009 was estimated to kill 374 people, and another event in 2014 was estimated to kill more than 160 people, with those at higher risk such as older people, babies and children, and people with illness affected the most.
Planning and preparing for extreme weather conditions, and knowing what to do to avoid or minimise exposure to smoke is critical to ensuring the health and wellbeing of the entire community, especially the most vulnerable.