Climate and weather have an effect on human health. Heatwaves increase illness and deaths, and bushfire smoke and dust storms can worsen respiratory problems. Climate change is a threat to the environment, development, and human health and wellbeing.
The Victorian Government acknowledges that it has a role to play in protecting the community from the effects of climate change and extreme weather events.
Climate change and health
Our actions to reduce emissions and support adaptation, resources for local councils and community, and sustainability in healthcare.
Airborne dust storms reduce air quality and visibility, and may have adverse effects on health, particularly for people who already have breathing-related problems.
Bushfires and public health
Bushfires have the potential to cause a number of environmental health concerns beyond the immediate damage caused by the fire.
Extreme heat and heatwaves
Extreme heat and heatwaves can be a serious health risk. Detailed advice is available on planning for extreme heat and heatwaves.
Floods present many health hazards. Emergency workers and other staff should ensure people are aware of the risks.
Reviewed 19 May 2022