Your health and the environment: learn and take action

In Victoria, the largest impact on health from pollution is related to air pollution and noise pollution. Depending on where you live, other environmental factors may affect your health too, including:

  • living next to contaminated land
  • noise or odour from industries
  • swimming in polluted water.

EPA is responsible for the environmental public health function relating to pollution and waste.

Defining environmental public health

Environmental public health is the science and practice of preventing harm to human health from environmental pollution.

Our aim is to protect you and create a healthier environment for all Victorians.

Environmental public health aims to provide benefit for the largest number of people. It focuses on groups of people rather than individuals, and activities that are targeted at populations.

There are many things each of us can do to prevent impacts on your health from pollution and waste. EPA provides information to help you do that.