Journal article

Impacts of extreme weather on the health and well-being of people who are homeless

Catherine GA Pendrey, Marion Carey, Janet Stanley

Australian Journal of Primary Health | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2014

Abstract

This letter responds to the article by Cusack et al., 'Extreme weather-related health needs of people who are homeless' (Australian Journal of Primary Health, 2013, 19(3), 250-255), which addressed the impacts of extreme weather on the health of the homeless population in inner city Adelaide. We compare the findings of Cusack et al. to our own original research, based on interviews with service providers to the homeless in urban and rural Victoria. We further place this issue in the broader context of climate change, which is crucial given the expected increase in extreme weather events and associated health impacts.