Extreme weather is landing more Australians in hospital – and heat is the biggest culprit

Sun, 3 Dec 2023 19:27:42 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"Hospital admissions for injuries directly attributable to extreme weather
events – such as heatwaves, bushfires and storms – have increased in Australia
over the past decade.

A new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows
9,119 Australians were hospitalised for injuries from extreme weather from
2012-22 and 677 people died from these injuries in the decade up to 2021.

In 2021-22, there were 754 injury hospitalisations directly related to extreme
weather, compared to 576 in 2011-12.

Extreme heat is responsible for most weather-related injuries. Exposure to
prolonged natural heat can result in physical conditions ranging from mild heat
stroke, to organ damage and death.

As Australia heads into summer with an El Niño, it’s important to understand
and prepare for the health risks associated with extreme weather."

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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