Heat Health Plans

Guidelines and key information

Published online: 
19 January 2019
Heat Health Plans.

There is conclusive evidence that extreme heat and heatwaves have negative impacts on health. Even modest increases above average temperatures can have negative impacts on those most vulnerable to heat, but effective planning can reduce the effects of heat on health.

These guidelines are intended to raise awareness of the risks of hot weather to health, and to encourage and support the development of Heat Health Plans. Heat Health Plans outline the actions and systems in place to support those most at risk during periods of extreme heat and it is recommended that individuals, health and community service providers, district health boards, public health units and local government prepare their own Heat Health Plans as part of their emergency planning.

A summary of key information relating to Heat Health Plans is also available.

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    19 January 2019
  • ISBN:
    978-1-98-856834-8 (Guidelines); 978-1-98-856833-1 (Key information)
  • HP number:
    7003 (Guidelines); 7002 (Key information)
  • Citation:
    Ministry of Health. 2018. Heat Health Plans: Guidelines. Wellington: Ministry of Health. | Ministry of Health. 2018. Heat Health Plans: Key information. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
  • Ordering information:
    Only soft copy available to download
  • Copyright status:
    Owned by the Ministry of Health and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence.
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