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Adaptive capabilities in the elderly during extreme heat events in South Australia [ 2010 - 2011 ]

Research Grant

[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/LP100100704]

Researchers Bi A/Prof Peng; A/Prof Dino L Pisaniello; Prof Alison L Kitson; Prof Jonathan W Newbury; Dr Monika Nitschke; Mr Brenton J Keen

Brief description This study, using first hand accounts of experiences and perceptions of the extreme heat event of 2009 in South Australia, will provide a valuable insight into the heat adaptive capability of the ageing population, factors affecting susceptibility, and ways to curb the predicted increase in often life-threatening heat exacerbated illnesses, many of which require extended hospital stays. It is envisaged that findings will help inform health policy and contribute to the formulation of a National Heatwave Response plan. Study findings will be disseminated widely at government (state and federal), non-government, and community levels and will help to raise the awareness of heat exacerbated illness in general.

Funding Amount $160,000

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