The Chief Health Officer acts as the government's primary media spokesperson on matters relating to the control of disease and promotion of health such as communicable diseases, environmental contamination, radiation, food safety, ethics and public health emergencies.
The Chief Health Officer undertakes a variety of statutory functions under health and food-related legislation and is responsible for:
- developing and implementing strategies to promote and protect public health
- providing advice to the Minister and the Secretary on matters relating to public health and wellbeing
- publishing a comprehensive report on public health and wellbeing in Victoria on a biennial basis.
- performing the functions or powers specified in the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 or any regulations made under that Act or any other Act.
Victorians are regularly informed about health issues with the potential to affect their health and safety by the Chief Health Officer. Information is provided via health alerts and health advisories for Victoria, and a range of other documents accessible on this site.
For information about heat health alerts, visit Environmental Health.
Heat health alerts
Current status: There is a Heat health alert active in Victoria.
When a heat health alert is issued, organisations should respond in accordance with their heat plans. Individuals should also prepare for the heat.
Heat health alert status