A professional working group focused on increasing awareness, investment and uptake of heat adaptation policy across Queensland

About Us

The Queensland Heat Health Community of Practice (QHHCoP) intends to improve local collaboration across sectors to assist in identifying, implementing and evaluating solutions to manage heat and human health issues across Queenslander.

The QHHCoP will not only serve as an archival resource, but also provide a dynamic function by facilitating collaboration on new research, along with advocating for increased investment in heat-health research and action.


  • Establish a resource platform to share key research findings and how they apply in the local context
  • Provide opportunities to inform research
  • Facilitate multi-sectoral collaboration

Year 1 Outcome

  1. Establish an Advisory Group to help drive the project
  2. Host 4 events with ample time for networking, discussions and Q&A
  3. Pilot a digital platform for resource storage and online interaction
  4. Develop a sustainability plan to sustain the QHHCoP after the first year of funding.


Our Launch event featured a panel discussion with heat health professionals, as well as a focus group discussion to help shape the nature and direction of the QHHCoP.


Ms. Nicole Mandalios, public policy practitioner for Disaster Management in Queensland Health, Dr. Tony Matthews, urban planner and Senior Lecturer at Griffith University, Prof. Susan Harris Rimmer, human rights lawyer and Climate Justice theme lead for Griffith’s Climate Action Beacon.The QHHCoP will be hosting additional heat health related events throughout 2023.

Subscribe to our mailing list to be notified of upcoming events.

Interested in joining?

Join a group of passionate professionals working in research, government, industry and NGO for Queensland’s first Heat Health Community of Practice.

Fill out the QHHCoP Interest Form or contact us for more information.

or contact: Ella Jackman E: [email protected] T: (07) 555 279 03

Our Research team


Associate Professor Shannon Rutherford (Climate Action Beacon, Cities Research Institute, School of Medicine and Dentistry)

Dr Tony Matthews (Cities Research Institute)

Research Assistant Ella Jackman (School of Medicine and Dentistry)

Our Advisory Group

The QHHCoP is supported by representatives from:

  • Queensland Department of Environment and Science
  • Queensland Health
  • University of Sunshine Coast
  • Cairns Regional Council
  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council
  • Planning Institute of Australia
  • Queensland Fire and Emergency Services