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Previous Ministers' releases and speeches - Senator The Hon. Michael Ronaldson

Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Special Minister of State

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Tuesday, 14 January 2014


With the hot temperatures sweeping across the country the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today reminded Australia’s veteran community to look after their health.

“With temperatures predicted to rise above 40 °C continuing, it is important that we all take steps to ensure the heat doesn’t impact our health, particularly older Australians and those suffering from medical conditions and issues.

Members of the veteran and ex-service community should monitor health advisories put out by their state or territory health authorities for advice and guidance,” Senator Ronaldson said.

Senator Ronaldson also encouraged Australian’s to check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves or living alone.

“It is important that we also take time to check up on others, all it takes is a simple phone call and asking if they are ok in order to save a life. This could also be a chance to introduce yourself to your elderly neighbour and letting them know you are here to help,” Senator Ronaldson said.

In extreme heat conditions, if symptoms such as breathlessness, chest pain, confusion, weakness, dizziness or cramps arise then you should seek medical attention. If symptoms become severe then you should call 000 immediately. 

Media inquiries:    Minister Ronaldson: Brad Rowswell 02 6277 7820 or 0417 917 796

                              Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203


Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) and Veterans Line can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free and confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046

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