GPs braced for mental health impact of heatwave

As bushfires raged and temperature records tumbled in several states, general practices remained on high alert but said well-resourced emergency services were ensuring people with respiratory and other short-term fire-related illness were receiving treatment.

But those caught up in treating patients affected by the fires have warned it is the delayed effects that would require ongoing medical attention once the heatwave and fires had settled.

“The most obvious [illness] is respiratory,” said Paul Kregor, practice manager of