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Extreme weather

Extreme weather and natural disasters are part of life in Australia. But with these extreme conditions comes health risks and hazards. Australians may experience risks to their health due to climate change. Learn how to protect yourself.

Bushfire health and safety

Bushfires have become a part of Australian life. Learn how to protect your health, be prepared and know which conditions put you at greater risk.

Dust storms

A dust storm reduces the quality of the air that we breathe, which can cause health problems. Learn how to protect yourself in a dust storm.


Floods and cyclones

Here's a list of common health risks and hazards that can strike during floods and cyclones, such as contaminated floodwater and snake bites.

Hot weather risks and staying cool

Hot days and heatwaves can place extreme stress the body, and for some it can be dangerous. Here’s how to keep yourself and others cool and hydrated.

Natural disasters

How to prepare for, endure and recover from Australian natural disasters like bushfire, cyclone, flood and tsunami — with links to helpful resources.

Sunburn and sun protection

All people are at risk of sunburn. Young children can be seriously burnt in less than 15 minutes. Learn about sun protection and treating sunburn.

Thunderstorm asthma

Thunderstorm asthma happens when there are thunderstorms and a high pollen count. Learn more about its symptoms and treatment options.

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