Keeping our cool

Have your say on dealing with extreme heat!

Monash Council invites you to join an interactive online discussion on the question:

As a community, how should we better prepare for and cope with extreme heat?

To help us facilitate this conversation we are working in partnership with University of Melbourne researchers to use an exciting new platform called Polis which helps communities to discuss issues in an interactive and engaging way.

Your input will inform next steps taken by Monash Council, including the strategies adopted in our upcoming Monash Climate Response Plan.

This automatic report shows how the conversation is evolving in real time.

Why do we need to talk about extreme heat?

Extreme heat can affect everyone. Especially those most vulnerable in our community.

Everyone in the community will need to work together to continue to thrive and stay safe.

We are already working hard to reduce our impact through our Zero Net Carbon Plan, Environmental Sustainability Strategy and Monash Health and Wellbeing Plan.

Your feedback will further help us to shape a Climate Response Plan that looks to ensure the resilience of our community as we face more extreme weather events.

What extreme heat can do to people

Unusually hot weather, either for a single day or over several days (a heatwave) is known as an extreme heat event. It can affect our health, community infrastructure and services, such as power supply and public transport.

We know there are increased hospital admissions and excess deaths during heatwaves. Extreme heat can affect everyone. However, some people are more likely to experience negative health effects.

For advice and information about keeping cool and safe during extreme heat, visit Council’s website. The Climate Council website also provides information about supports for climate-induced mental health impacts.

Graphic credit below: World Health Organisation.

Image describing the impact of extreme heat.

Take part in the conversation

Step 1: Register

Register to take part in the conversation (this link will take you an online engagement portal hosted by University of Melbourne).

Step 2: Take part in the conversation via Polis

Use your unique link to participate in the Polis conversation. This unique link is emailed to you when you register.

If you have already registered, check your email inbox for your unique link to the Polis conversation.

Step 3: Check back in as the conversation evolves

This conversation will run from 29 January until 4 March.

You can engage as much or as little as you like, but as a rough guide we encourage you to spend about three minutes, three times over the month, so you can see how the conversation evolves, and interact with other people’s ideas.

How your feedback will be used

Your feedback will further help us to shape a Monash Climate Response Plan to ensure the resilience of our community as we face more extreme heat events.


This conversation is being run in partnership between the Monash Council and researchers at the University of Melbourne. It will be part of a research project that aims to help communities progress through issues relating to climate change and disasters. Information about the research project can be found in this Plain Language Statement, which will also be emailed to you when you register for the conversation.