As you’ll be aware, much of the state has been impacted by smoky conditions as a result of fires from across the country over the past few weeks. The EPA has been providing regular updates on this.

The health effects of poor air quality may include coughing or shortness of breath.

People classified in the vulnerable group such as those with a heart or lung condition, including asthma, children up to 14 years, pregnant women and people over 65 are more sensitive to the effects of breathing in smoke.

During this time period:

  • Take your medication as prescribed if you have a heart or lung condition.
  • Follow your personal asthma action plan and keep reliever medication on hand if you are asthmatic.
  • If you or a colleague is experiencing symptoms that may be due to smoke exposure, call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24 or seek medical advice.        
  • Anyone experiencing difficulty breathing, wheezing or tightness in the chest should seek urgent medical assistance by calling 000.      
  • Bushfires and poor air quality can also create increased stress. If staff have any mental health concerns, they can contact the department’s EAP provider Converge on 1300 687 3278.

Just as your mental health and wellbeing is important, it’s also key to take care of your physical health, and air quality is just one way that this can be impacted.

If you are require more information about smoke and its potential health effects please visit the Environment Protection Authority, and if you’re concerned about your own health, please don’t hesitate to speak to your manager.

Page last updated: 14/01/20