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