Victorian Council of Social Service’s (VCOSS) new report ‘Feeling the Heat’ takes a detailed look at how extreme heat is making Victorians sick and affecting their wellbeing — and what we should be doing about it.
Extreme heat kills more Australians than any other form of natural disaster, and people experiencing disadvantage are the most impacted.
For some people a heatwave means blasting an air-conditioner all day or taking a dip at the local pool. For others, it means physical sickness, mental illness, financial hardship, family violence, social isolation, and being cut off from essential services. People are more vulnerable to heat if they:
- Are young or older
- Can’t afford air-conditioning or a car
- have arrived in Victoria recently or don’t speak English
- Live in a rental home or public housing
- Sleep rough (homeless)
- Are pregnant or experiencing family violence
- Work outside or have an insecure job
- Have a disability or health condition
For further information and to access the report, click HERE.