The heatwaves, homes and health project is seeking to understand the experiences of households during very hot weather.

  • Project dates: 2016

Understanding how households are affected and what they do to cope will help develop strategies to support household wellbeing during heatwaves.

The project is interested in understanding various dimensions of wellbeing including health risks emerging from inadequate home cooling and financial stress related to home cooling.

The research team will engage  health and social service organisations for input on the priority research issues and related components of the research.

Following these consultations the research team will interview 36 households in and around Melbourne (VIC), Dubbo (NSW) and Cairns (QLD) from February to April 2017.  Each household interviewed will receive a $50 supermarket gift voucher.


An interview at your home with two researchers from RMIT will be arranged at a time convenient to  you .You do not need to prepare for the interview or have any special knowledge.

The interviewer(s) will talk to you about your experiences of very hot weather, your home, health and energy bills. If you agree we will use a voice recorder for the interview and you will be invited to show us parts of your home which affect your household’s comfort during a heatwave.

Participation is voluntary and you can withdraw at any time.  You are welcome to see the research questions before to deciding to participate and ask any questions at any time.  A $50 supermarket voucher will be given to each household as a thank you.

If you are interested in participating in the research or you have any questions about the study you can submit your details on the contact page or contact Halley McCann on (03) 9925 4622 or

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Lead researchers

Dr Larissa Nicholls

Dr Larissa Nicholls

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Dr Yolande Strengers

Dr Yolande Strengers

Senior Research Fellow

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Dr Karyn Bosomworth

Dr Karyn Bosomworth

Vice Chancellor’s Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

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