The environment we live in, both natural and built, plays an important role in our health. Extreme weather events such as heatwaves, bushfires and storms can cause health problems, injury, hospitalisations and death. Our built environment, including neighbourhood walkability, access to public transport and air pollution, can influence how and when we do physical activity, and other aspects of our health.
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23 Jul 2020
In general, fewer people visited a GP when recorded air quality from bushfires was poor.
Claims for mental health services were evident over the months following the bushfires.
Sales and dispensing of inhalers for shortness of breath increased in bushfire-affected regions.
The 2019–20 bushfire season saw unprecedented fires sweep across Australia causing a massive impact on many communities, devastating the natural environment and compromising air quality. This report examined a range of health and environmental data sources to assess the short-term impact of this bushfire season on health service use, including: emergency department visits, prescription and purchase of asthma medicines, GP visits and air quality data.
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