School children undertaking Health and Physical Education (HPE) outdoors in the ‘top end’ (monsoonal north) of the Northern Territory (NT) are regularly exposed to an extreme climate of environmental heat and intense humidity. A major hazard of such environmental heat on school children’s engagement in outdoor HPE activities can include heat stress, which is characterised by the impairment of internal temperature regulation. Heat stress has resulted in permanent disability or death in the NT and has been reported to contribute towards reduced psychosocial resilience. The environmental heat in the NT has been linked to a growing economic workplace burden via strains on employee retention and productivity.
|Specialist publication||ACHPER News|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|