Joey and the Heatwave: Heat health resource for newly arrived families

A child-friendly, climate change adaptation storybook resource to promote health and safety during heatwaves.

About the project
Enliven Victoria, partners, and local school children have co-created a culturally-responsive resource to reduce and prevent the negative impacts of climate change (specifically heatwaves) upon human health.  The project seeks to target families with children aged 5-8 years who are newly arrived in Australia (<5 years) and living in Melbourne’s South East. The resource is in the format of a short storybook, available in both hard copy and online formats. Combining the use of rhyme,  Australian animals as main characters, and colourful imagery, this resource includes key messages about the heat-related health impacts and preparedness strategies. It is hoped that the storybook will be utilised in settings such as primary schools, librariesneighbourhood houses, and other organisations working closely with newly arrived families.

Expressions of interest now open!
Do you work with newly arrived families with children aged 5-8 years who would benefit from heat health information? You can now register your interest to receive free copies of this storybook by completing the relevant form below.  Once you have submitted your information, a member of the project team will be in touch.

NB: Community organisations, schools and libraries must be located within the City of Greater Dandenong, City of Casey and/or the Cardinia Shire to be eligible to receive hard copies of the storybook. Completing the EOI does not guarantee your school or organisation will be allocated the amount of copies you request. Our ability to fulfil larger requests will be based upon the volume of EOIs we receive.

Why this project is important

  • Melbourne’s South East region is identified as a high-risk area for people affected by heat wave conditions and are likely to develop heat-related illness.  
  • The risk of heat stress can be higher for young children, as they get hotter faster than adults and their bodies are less able to regulate temperature. 
  • Melbourne’s South East is home to a highly diverse range of cultures, ethnicities, and newly arrived communities. Culturally-responsive and innovative strategies to effectively communicate the health risks of climate change are essential. 

Project partners

  • enliven Victoria 
  • Jesuit Social Services 
  • Victorian Council of Social Services  
  • Northern Alliance for Greenhouse Action
  • Rosewood Downs Primary School

Georgia Langmaid   
Planetary Health Project Officer

Heather Lawson
Climate Change Resilience and Adaptation Manager 

This project has been funded by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).