Tuesday, 01 March 2022 16:07

GPs gather for Heat and Health seminar

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WSROC has teamed up with Doctors for the Environment and the Hills Doctors Association to speak to Western Sydney GPs about the impacts of heat.

Run as part of the Heat Smart Western Sydney program, the seminar discussed the impacts of heat on the human body, medications and mental health, as well as a broader look into Western Sydney's heat challenge and what is being done to cool our region and manage the impacts of extreme heat.

It also provided health practitioners with Heat Smart resources for developing heatwave plans for their own practice and education materials for patients.

Speakers for the event included:

  • Welcome - Dr Kim Loo, Hills Doctor's Association, AMA NSW, Doctors for the Environment
  • Physiology of heat and the human body - Professor Ollie Jay, University of Sydney
  • Heat and Western Sydney’s health - Dr Michelle Crockett, WentWest
  • Medications and heatwaves - Tim Perry, General practice pharmacist lead
  • Heat and mental health - Dr Cybele Dey, Royal Australian and NZ College of Psychiatrists, Doctors for the Environment
  • Health pathways and professional resources – Julianne Bogdanovski and Elizabeth Leece, Western Sydney Local Health District
  • Heat and the built environment - Agnieszka Wujeska-Klause, Western Sydney University
  • Turning down the heat: Policy into practice - Kelly Gee, WSROC

The event was well attended by practitioners from around Western Sydney including from the Western Sydney, South Western Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health Districts.

Feedback from the event has been very positive with all survey respondents stating they would recommend the event to others.

Despite the medical focus of the event, the role of the built environment in driving heat, as well as practical advice for patients to manage heat in their homes were key areas of interest – indicating an ongoing need for practical tips for community members.

The recording of the seminar can be found via the link below:

Zoom recording: Western Sydney Heat and Health Forum

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