GPs on alert as heatwave strikes

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the national average for each of the first six days of 2013 has been in the top 20 hottest days on record, and it is the first time five consecutive days over 39 °C have ever been recorded in Australia.

Dr Marles said with GPs often the first point of call for patients struggling with the heat, it was important for doctors to discuss preventive strategies even if many measures may seem obvious.

“If your patients are coming in it is an opportunity to talk to them about what they have in