Many states this week announced health warnings about the ongoing heatwave, which has seen record-breaking temperatures in various parts of Australia. DEA member Dr Sujata Allan who works as a GP in western Sydney, which can have maximum temperatures that are as much as 10C higher than in coastal areas, was interviewed by the Guardian about the impact a changing climate can have on human health.
Dr Allan said she had treated one patient for heat stress this week who worked in a factory that wasn’t well-ventilated, and she regularly sees elderly patients who struggle to get to the surgery in the heat if they don’t drive and have poor public transport connections.
Dr Allan said western Sydney has some of the most economically disadvantaged people in the country and has higher rates of chronic illness.
The article was first published in the Guardian on 17 January 2019
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