Environmental health is targeted towards preventing disease and creating health-supportive environments. It includes the aspects of human health that are determined by physical, chemical, biological and social factors in the environment. Environmental health also works to assess and control these factors.

The department has an important role in protecting the health of Victorians from the potential health effects of environmental hazards. The department does this by:

  • raising awareness of environmental hazards in the community
  • providing technical guidance and advice
  • informing state and national policy.

Local government employs environmental health officers to work directly with communities on environmental health issues. The department works closely with local government to support the environmental health profession.

Keep cool in the heatHeat 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

Arial view of Gippsland lakes

Algae in the Gippsland Lakes - Community Information

The Chief Health Officer has advised against eating mussels and other shellfish from the Gippsland Lakes while further testing continues to identify any public health risk.

Algae in the Gippsland Lakes Community Information
Image of bushfire

Community factsheets - bushfires

Resources prepared by the Department of Health and Human Services to assist in the event or the aftermath of a fire.

Community factsheets - bushfires
Broadmeadows tyre fire view from CBD

Environmental health incident: Broadmeadows tyre fire

This information has been prepared to address any community health concerns about potential exposure to smoke as a result of a tyre fire in Broadmeadows, which started on 11 January 2016. For further information about the progress of this fire stay tuned to your local emergency radio broadcaster. A Turkish-language factsheet is also available.

Broadmeadows tyre fire: Smoke and your health
Fire at an illegal waste recycling facility in Somerton.

Environmental health incidents: Somerton waste facility fire

A fire started on Friday November 20 in an illegal waste recycling facility in Patullos Lane in Somerton has produced a smoke plume which has caused concern amongst neighbouring communities.

The attached information has been provided to the community.

Environmental health incident: Strathdownie Kaladbro Road peat bog fire

On 7 November a peat bog fire was reported at the Kaladbro Swamp, approximately 30km north west of Dartmoor in South West Victoria. The fire appears to be the result of a lightning strike onto a fence which ignited peat in a 400 hectare drained peat swamp.

The attached information has been provided to the community.

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