Medical professionals across the country are being urged to be on the lookout for ‘potentially dangerous’ conditions such as heat exhaustion and exhaustion in the run-up to a potentially record heatwave, with the AMA warning of the ‘potent health hazards’.
AAP/ABC News 6 The AMA said it is urging healthcare workers to be extra vigilant to any ‘potentials’ associated with heat and the associated ‘stress and fatigue’ it can cause.
“The AMA has advised all medical professionals to be aware of any potential health hazards associated with the heat, and especially the potentially stressful and fatiguing effects of it,” the AMA’s Australian Health Forum said.
“Any time an individual or organisation is exposed to heat in this way, it is important to take appropriate precautionary measures and seek medical advice to ensure that the person or organisation has not become ill or suffered from any harm.”
Heatwave to hit Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane this weekend Heatwave warnings are already in place for all states and territories across Australia.
The heatwave is forecast to hit the southern states of Queensland and New South Wales with heavy rainfall and high winds expected on Saturday.
Heatwave alerts are also being issued for the northern states of Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.
“We anticipate heavy rainfall in the areas of Melbourne, Brisbane and the ACT this weekend, with high winds from Sunday,” the state’s state weather bureau said.
The Bureau of Meteorology said heavy rainfall would also impact southern Queensland, the NT, the ACT and New Zealand.
Heatwaves have been predicted in the ACT, South Australia and Queensland, while heavy rainfall is expected in the Northern Territory.
In NSW, heavy rainfall, wind gusts and gusty winds are expected in Melbourne on Saturday and Sunday.
It is also expected to affect Tasmania, the WA and the Northern Rivers.
Heat-related deaths have been reported in New South Zealand, and a woman in Queensland died of heatstroke in May.