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Environmental health

This site includes material maintained by the Department of Health as well as selected links to environmental health material produced by others across Australia and internationally.

What is Environmental Health?

Environmental health is defined in the National Environmental Health Strategy as those aspects of human health determined by physical, chemical, biological and social factors in the environment and encompasses the assessment and control of those factors. Environmental Health is targeted towards preventing disease and creating health-supportive environments.

The Department of Health has an important role in protecting the health of Victorians from the potential health effects of environmental hazards by raising awareness of environmental hazards in the community, providing technical guidance and advice and informing state and national policy.

Environmental Health Officers are employed by local governments to work directly with communities on environmental health issues. The department works closely with local government to support the Environmental Health profession.

This site contains information about environmental health hazards found in air and land and about the environmental health profession.