Bushfire smoke: urgent need for a national health protection strategy

Posted on: Sun 1 Mar 2020

Following the catastrophic bushfire season in Australia, health experts are calling for an independent national expert committee on air pollution and health protection to be urgently established.

Its role would be to support environmental health decision-making in Australia.

In a paper published by the Medical Journal of Australia, the experts also warn that Australia can’t wait for the results of the Royal Commission on the bushfires to act on this vital health issue.

To find out more about the proposal, Barometer’s Des Lawrence spoke with Professor Sotiris Vardoulakis, Professor of Global Environmental Health at the Australian National University.

The Australian National University have developed a comprehensive set of factsheets on “How to protect yourself and others from bushfire smoke”, which have been widely disseminate and translated into several languages.

Produced by Des Lawrence

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