Melbourne experienced the world’s largest epidemic thunderstorm asthma event on 21 November 2016, with thousands of people developing breathing difficulties in a very short period of time. Following this event, the former Department of Health and Human Services (now Department of Health) developed a multi-faceted, comprehensive Epidemic Thunderstorm Asthma Program to address potential future impacts.
Epidemic Thunderstorm Asthma Program
The department's Epidemic Thunderstorm Asthma Program incorporates a public information campaign, surge planning, a risk forecasting system, improving emergency response arrangements, research and training.
Epidemic thunderstorm asthma risk forecast
The department has established an epidemic thunderstorm asthma risk forecasting system.
Epidemic thunderstorm asthma - frequently asked questions
Frequently asked questions about epidemic thunderstorm asthma.
Epidemic thunderstorm asthma - campaign toolkit
The Department of Health has developed this toolkit to help your organisation share the thunderstorm asthma preparedness messages.
Epidemic thunderstorm asthma - resources for health professionals
The department is supporting delivery of an epidemic thunderstorm asthma education program for health professionals across Victoria.
Epidemic thunderstorm asthma - multicultural resources
The Department of Health has developed a range of thunderstorm asthma translated resources.
Reviewed 28 September 2022