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.
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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