Keeping our cool

Thank you to everyone who had their say on how we should deal with extreme heat.

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

For this conversation, we worked in partnership with University of Melbourne researchers to use a platform called Polis which is designed to help communities to discuss issues in an interactive and engaging way.

This automatic report shows patterns of agreement and disagreement on comments in the conversation.

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.

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 was run in partnership between the Monash Council and researchers at the University of Melbourne. It is part of a research project that aims to help communities progress through issues relating to climate change and disasters.