Heat Stress Research Partnership

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The Heat Stress Research Partnership (HSRP) is an industry-research collaboration formed in response to the profound impact of heat stress in northern Australia’s monsoon tropics. Our objective is to support appropriate heat stress management practices for hot and humid conditions, with a focus on the labour-intensive outdoor workforce.



  • “Heat Stress, Alcohol Use and Economic Participation Among Labour-intensive Workers in Tropical Conditions”, commissioned by Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch, NT Department of Health.

  • Scoping Study for Department of Defence, Joint Force Analysis – Preparedness and Mobilisation, “Implications of heat stress for Australian Defence preparedness and operations under current and future climatic conditions”.

  • Homes, Heatwaves and Health project, funded by Energy Consumers Australia, conducted by the Centre for Urban Research (RMIT). Including briefing paper on “Electricity pricing, heatwaves and household vulnerability in Australia.”

  • 2015/16 and 2016/17 heat stress survey of workers from across the Monsoonal North, focusing on ‘Build-Up’ conditions and symptoms.

  • Heat Stress Management Tool smartphone application prototype development, due for completion October 2017.


  • HSRP member SRA wins the National Export Awards 2017 Australian Exporter of the Year Environmental Solutions category Read story

  • Monitoring heat stress among mine workers to benefit northern Australia 29 November 2017 Read story

  • Mango madness: Meet the man teaching Darwin tradies how to beat the build-up heat 16 Oct 2017 Read story

  • Effects of heat stress on workers and productivity 14 Oct 2017 Read story

  • Northern heat may explain apprenticeship attrition rate, 13 June 2017 Read story

  • Top End tradies to swallow tiny thermometers for heat stress experiments, ABC News online, 29 December 2016 Read story

  • ABC Television News Broome, December 2016 Watch story

  • Researchers place spotlight on heat stress, CDU eNews, 21 November 2016 Read story

  • Extreme heat poses a billion-dollar threat to Australia's economy, The Conversation, 5 May 2015 Read story

  • Heat stress costs Australia '$6.9 billion a year', CDU Newsroom, 5 May 2015 Read story

  • Study to put heat on tradies, NT News, 9 January 2014 Read story

  • Research to focus on heat stress impacts on NT workers, CDU Newsroom, 8 January 2014 Read story


Maller, C & Strengers, Y (in press). 'Studying social practices and global practice change using scrapbooks as a cultural probe', Area.

Oppermann, E., Brearley, M., Law, L., Smith, J. A., Clough, A., & Zander, K. (2017). Heat, health, and humidity in Australia’s monsoon tropics: a critical review of the problematization of ‘heat’ in a changing climate. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 8, e468. doi:10.1002/wcc.468

Zoellner, D., Brearley, M., & Oppermann, E. (2017). Regional disparities in apprentice attrition rates: heat and quarter four's significance in northern Australia. International Journal of Training Research, 0(0).

McDermott, K. M., Brearley, M. B., Hudson, S. M., Ward, L., & Read, D. J. (2017). Characteristics of trauma mortality in the Northern Territory, Australia. Injury Epidemiology, 4(1), 15. doi:10.1186/s40621-017-0111-1

Zoellner, D. (2017). 'Asking different questions of national VET data: identifying a new factor contributing to apprenticeship non-completions', paper presented to JVET 2017: Journal of Vocational Education and Training 12th International Conference, Oxford.

Zoellner, D. (2017). Vocational Education and Training: The Northern Territory’s history of public philanthropy: ANU Press.

Brearley, M.B. (2017). Should workers avoid consumption of chilled fluids in a hot and humid climate? Safety and Health at Work, In Press.

Brearley, M.B, Norton, I.N., & Trewin, A.S (2017). The Case for Heat Acclimatisation of Disaster Responders – an Australian Perspective. Frontiers in Public Health, 5, 98.

Strengers, Y & Maller, C. (2017). 'Adapting to ‘extreme’ weather: mobile practice memories of keeping warm and cool as a climate change adaptation strategy', Environment and Planning A, vol. First published Feb 16.

Brewer T. (2016) Climate-adaptive Northern Development. Policy Information Brief 3, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Gold Coast.



Any industry organisations or employers interested in being part of this collaborative research program are encouraged the Northern Institute:

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