Community-wide environmental health hazards include mercury in fish, contaminated land and noise. Some people are also concerned about disease clusters and wind farms.
Lead poisoning from illicit opium
The Department of Health and Human Services has recently identified three cases of lead poisoning in Melbourne linked to the use of illicit opium heavily contaminated with lead.
A new community fact sheet about this issue has been developed which is available in English, Arabic, Pashto, Persian, Urdu and Dari.
Clusters of noninfectious disease
People sometimes suspect a disease cluster in their community or workplace. However, disease clusters are not common.
Councils need to manage contaminated land consistently, effectively and transparently.
Fire retardants and health
Fire retardants slow the spread or intensity of a fire. They have been used in Victoria for the past 30 years and do not have significant health effects.
Reviewed 07 October 2015