Climate and weather can impact human health. For example, extreme heat can increase the chance of:

  • bushfires, resulting in exposure to smoke. Smoke can make existing heart conditions and lung diseases worse
  • dust storms, which can make breathing-related illnesses worse.

Our environmental health role means we work with other agencies to help protect your health during extreme weather events.

About environmental public health and climate change

Climate change presents a risk to the environment and people's health. We play an essential role in implementing the Victorian Government's direction on climate change. 

For more information visit, Our role in managing climate change risks

For information about how Victoria is taking action visit,

Find out more about other public health issues related to pollution and waste

About mercury in your home

Airborne dust and your health

Contaminated illegal drug labs and public health 

Contaminated land and public health

Environmental public health

Environmental public health: EPA’s role

Groundwater and your health

How to clean up mercury spills in your home

How to manage hazardous chemical waste and asbestos in your home

Trichloroethylene and your health

Reviewed 18 October 2023