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). Originally the project was aimed at those living in City of Casey, Cardinia Shire and Greater Dandenong regions. The resource is in the format of a short storybook, available in hard copy. 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.

During December 2021, almost 3,000 copies were distributed to 64 settings across City of Greater Dandenong, City of Casey and Cardinia Shire. Settings included primary schools, kindergartens, neighbourhood houses, libraries and others working closely with newly arrived families and their children.

Thanks to further funding from DELWP, a second print run is currently underway (March 2022).

Expressions of interest now open – translations now available!
Expressions of interest for FREE copies are now currently open for individuals and organisations who are connected with newly arrived families and located anywhere in Victoria. Translated copies are now available in the following languages:

  • English
  • Dari
  • Khmer
  • Punjabi
  • Vietnamese
  • Ukrainian

Please register your interest to receive free copies of this resource by clicking on the link below, complete the survey, and a member of the project team will be in touch. Expressions of interest closes on Monday 4th April 2022. 
*Limited copies are available. Please place your order as soon as possible to ensure you don’t miss out.

Register your interest by completing survey here.

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

Evaluation Report

Joey and the Heatwave_Evaluation Report

Digital copy (PDF)

Joey and the Heatwave PDF

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).