Because of fears that changing clocks forward by one hour could have harmful health effects, medical experts call for daylight savings to be dropped this year.
Melbourne professor Paul Zimmet is concerned that the coronavirus pandemic could worsen the health risks associated with missing an hour of sleep on the changeover day.
“In terms of the scientific evidence, which we will want to stick with at the moment, there are more heart attacks just after daylight saving, more road accidents, and then you’ve got workplace accidents, car accidents and their implications,” the Monash University Professor of Diabetes told 3AW.
“There is also cognitive dysfunction in relation to the daylight saving and the change in timing to our normal body rhythms.”
Daylight saving will begin on October 4 at 2 am, with residents in New South Wales , Victoria, the ACT, South Australia and Tasmania turning their clocks forward for an hour.
Daniel Andrews has rejected the idea the annual event should be cancelled.
“I don’t want to be disrespectful to the professor, who may be a very learned individual,” Andrews said during his COVID press conference on Wednesday.
“Daylight savings will be proceeding. That’s why the curfew changes, that extra hour is really important.
“This will be a summer like no other and daylight saving, I can confirm, will be a feature of it.”