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Environmental health

60 resources in total. To see which languages this resource is available in, click on its title.

Title: 10-year anniversary of the 2009 Victorian bushfires - Recovering from long-term trauma
Summary: Translated factsheets about recovering from long-term trauma in lead up to 10-year anniversary of the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

Title: After the fire
Summary: This information will assist you with cleaning up, property security, gas, electriciy, water, telephone, insurance issues and finding alternative housing after a fire.

Title: Ash from a brown coal mine fire
Summary: The Department of Health and Human Services has prepared this general information so that you know what to do to protect your health and the health of anyone in your care who may come into contact with ash during or after a brown coal mine fire.

Title: Avian influenza ('bird flu')
Summary: A new epidemic of severe influenza amongst flocks of poultry was identified in the Republic of Korea (South Korea) in December 2003 and has subsequently spread to several other Asian countries including Vietnam, Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, China, Laos and Indonesia. The virus is called influenza A H5N1. This influenza virus has since infected a small number of humans who have had contact with diseased birds or their faeces. Some of the people infected with this virus have died. Should this virus develop the ability to be transmitted easily between people (eg. by combining with a human influenza virus), it is possible that many more humans may be infected.

Title: Barmah Forest virus infection
Summary: Barmah Forest virus is a germ that can infect people through mosquito bites. Past infection with Barmah Forest virus may have a protective effect against future infection. Barmah Forest virus is related to Ross River virus.

Title: Beat the heat, health tips for a safe season (English)
Summary: Advice on some things you can do to minimise your risk of heat related illness.

Title: Beat the heat: how to keep someone healthy during hot weather (English)
Summary: This booklet provides important information about health and hot weather. The booklet is for anyone who cares for, supports or assists people at risk of serious health effects from hot weather. It includes tips and ideas on how to keep someone healthy during hot weather.

Title: Birdie and the cyclone
Summary: A big wind blows away Birdie’s nest! A story for young children about recovering from cyclones.

Title: Birdie and the fire
Summary: Birdie and her friends have to get away from a bushfire. A story for young children about recovering from fires

Title: Blue-green algae (cyanobacteria)
Summary: Blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) are bacterial organisms that have some of the characteristics of bacteria and some of algae. They are present in almost all aquatic ecosystems in Australia, including rivers, lakes and estuaries. Under certain environmental conditions, blue-green algae concentrations in water can rapidly increase and form visible blooms or scums. Water affected by blue-green algae may be unsuitable for drinking, recreational activities such as swimming and fishing, and agricultural uses. Some species of blue-green algae produce toxins that are harmful to humans and animals when they are eaten, inhaled or contact the skin.

Title: Bushfire smoke and your health
Summary: Bushfire smoke can reduce air quality in rural and urban areas and may affect people’s health. This fact sheet provides information on bushfire smoke, how it can affect you and your family’s health, and actions that you can take to avoid or reduce potential health effects.

Title: Chemical emergencies - how to stay safe
Summary: A chemical emergency can happen anywhere, anytime, as the result of a fire, explosion or a chemical spill at a fixed site, or from a road or train accident. The best way to protect yourself in a chemical emergency is to shelter inside, shut all windows and doors and turn off any ventilation systems, and listen to emergency service broadcasts.

Title: CHO advisory: poisonous mushrooms growing in Melbourne
Summary: Unless you are an expert, do not pick and eat wild mushrooms in Victoria. Mushrooms purchased from a supermarket, greengrocer or other reputable source are safe to eat.

Title: Early fire safe fact sheet 1: how parents and caregivers can prevent burns and scalds
Summary: How parents and caregivers can prevent burns and scalds

Title: Early fire safe fact sheet 2: tips around the home
Summary: Fire safe behaviour is reliant on the awareness of risk and knowing what to do to reduce that risk. Adequate supervision and positive role modelling for young children is very important. Parents and carers can help reduce this risk by controlling or removing possible fire hazards around the home.

Title: Early fire safe fact sheet 3: understanding burn and scald injuries
Summary: Understanding burn and scald injuries.

Title: Early fire safe fact sheet 4: be prepared for a fire
Summary: Advice on how to be prepared for a fire

Title: Effects of heat on the body (video)
Summary: Watch this video to learn how extreme heat can impact the body, how you can survive it and how to ensure others are not in danger.

Title: Fired up-Lession 2- Fire science and the Fire Triangle (video)
Summary: This video explains the fire triangle, the tree things fire needs to burn- heat, oxygen and fuel.

Title: Fired up- Lession 1- Who is CFA (video)
Summary: This video highlights what the Country Fire Authority (CFA) do, their volunteer culture, history and work with the community to help protect lives and property of over 3.3 million Victorians.

Title: Fired up- Lession 10- Fire Danger Ratings (video)
Summary: Make sure you check Fire Danger Ratings every day (FDR). FDRs predict how a fire would behave if one started and FDRs should be your prompt to take action.

Title: Fired up- Lession 11- Total Fire Bans (video)
Summary: This video explains what activities can be undertaken during a fire danger period or on Total Fire Ban days e.g. having a barbeque.

Title: Fired up- Lession 12- Preparing your property for fire season (video)
Summary: This video gives an overview of key preparation activities you can undertake before the bushfire season e.g. cleaning your gutters, cutting your grass.

Title: Fired up- Lession 3- Home Fire Dangers (video)
Summary: This video explains how kitchen fire can happen and how to prevent them.

Title: Fired up- Lession 4- Smoke alarms (video)
Summary: This video provides information on the installation and maintenance of smoke alarms.

Title: Fired up- Lession 5- Escape plans (video)
Summary: This video explains how to prepare a fire escape plan for your home.

Title: Fired up- Lession 6- Calling Triple Zero 000 (video)
Summary: This video provides information for students to know how to call Triple Zero (000) in an emergency.

Title: Fired up- Lession 8- BBQ safety (video)
Summary: Victorias fire authorities the MFB and CFA together with the states gas safety watchdog, Energy Safe Victoria (ESV), and the Victorian Adult Burns Service at The Alfred Hospital are urging the community to be careful when using gas BBQs.

Title: Fired up- Lession 9- Bushfires and grassfires (video)
Summary: This video explains some risks, how to reduce them and what you need to do if a grassfire or bushfire starts.

Title: Fire danger ratings
Summary: The fire danger rating tells you how dangerous a fire would be if one started. It helps you to know when conditions are dangerous enough to put your bushfire survival plan in to action.

Title: Fire danger ratings (audio version)
Summary: Information on what activities can be undertaken during fire danger periods or on Total Fire Ban days eg. having a barbeque.

Title: Fire orders: what to do in case of fire
Summary: This fact sheet lists the 6 steps you need to do in case of a fire

Title: Fire safety for older people and people with disability
Summary: A translated brochure that has been designed to assist older people or people with disability to reduce their risk of fire and harm from fires. It encourages consideration of early warning, how to respond to a fire and other advice to help reduce risk.

Title: Grassfires: know your fire risk and know what to do (bilingual version)
Summary: This factsheet lists some risks and how to reduce them as well as what you need to do if a grassfire starts.

Title: Heat-related illness including heat stroke
Summary: This factsheet provides information on heat-related illness as well as heat stroke. Heat-related illness can range from mild conditions such as dehydration or cramps to very serious conditions such as heat stroke. Heat can also worsen many existing medical conditions.

Title: Heat health - Advice for people with pre-existing conditions
Summary: Know the effects of extreme heat, who is at risk and how you can prepare yourself and others

Title: Heat Health - Advice for Children and Babies
Summary: Know the effects of extreme heat, who is at risk and how you can prepare yourself and others

Title: Home fire safety
Summary: Most fatal fires occur in the home, but the real tragedy is that many of these could be avoided. This brochure provides a checklist on preventative measures you can undertake to minimise the chance of a fire in your house.

Title: Home fire safety (audio version)
Summary: Most fatal fires occur in the home, but the real tragedy is that many of these could be avoided. This brochures provides a checklist on preventative measures you can undertake to minimise the chance of a fire in your house.

Title: Keep cool in Yarra: five easy ways to keep your home cool in a heatwave
Summary: Poster with tips on how to keep your house cool

Title: Lead poisoning from illicit opium
Summary: A consumer factsheet about lead poisoning from illicit opium

Title: Never leave kids in cars
Summary: Never leave your most precious valuables, your children, alone in the car.The never leave kids in cars campaign prompts parents to take their kids with them whenever they get out of the car, just as they do their everyday valuables, to avoid potentially tragic consequences.

Title: Outdoor safety: home safety and injury prevention
Summary: Information on how to ensure safe outdoor playing for children

Title: Poisonous plants or harmful plants
Summary: Lots of plants are poisonous or capable of causing highly allergic reactions. Some will also pierce you with their sharp spines. Few actually do lasting harm but some should be treated with care and respect..

Title: Power outages
Summary: Extreme heat can place pressure on the electricity network, resulting in power outages. Find out how you can be prepared and be safe.

Title: Psittacosis
Summary: Information about psittacosis, an uncommon disease that can be passed to humans by birds. Includes causes, symptoms, prevention and treatment.

Title: Smoke alarms
Summary: Information on the installation and maintenance of smoke alarms.

Title: Smoke and your health
Summary: Smoke from fires can reduce air quality in rural and urban areas and exposure to smoke can affect you and your family's health. Find out more about how smoke can affect your health and the actions you can take to avoid or reduce potential health effects.

Title: Smoke from a brown coal mine fire
Summary: The Department of Health and Human Services has prepared this general information so that you know what to do to protect your health and the health of anyone in your care who may be exposed to smoke from a brown coal mine fire

Title: Smoke from a landfill fire
Summary: The Department of Health and Human Services has prepared this general information so that you know what to do to protect your health and the health of anyone in your care who may be exposed to smoke from a landfill fire.

Title: Smoke from a peat fire
Summary: The Department of Health and Human Services has prepared this general information so that you know what to do to protect your health and the health of anyone in your care who may be exposed to smoke from a peat fire. Peat fires are uncommon and generally occur in locations away from populated areas. Peat fires smoulder for a long time and can be difficult to put out. Smoke contains fine particles, water vapour and gases including carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxides. Some peat fires may produce sulfur compounds which can be odourous.

Title: Smoke from a tyre fire
Summary: The Department of Health and Human Services has prepared this general information so that you know what to do to protect your health and the health of anyone in your care who may be exposed to smoke from a tyre fire. Tyres are made of vulcanised rubber, steel and textiles. Tyre fires create large amounts of thick black smoke and can be difficult to put out. Smoke from a tyre fire contains a number of substances, including fine particles, oxides of sulfur, carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

Title: Smoky outside? Protect your health
Summary: These posters have been developed to to assist communities in the event or aftermath of a fire.

Title: Smoky outside? Stay inside
Summary: These posters have been developed to to assist communities in the event or aftermath of a fire.

Title: Stay healthy, stay hydrated
Summary: The A2 poster explains your body is 70% water, dehydration reduces your attention and ability to concentrate by 13%. Drinking 6-8 glasses a day helps to keep you in top shape.

Title: Stay healthy when it's hot
Summary: This fact sheet provides tips on how to stay healthy and safe during hot weather.

Title: Survive the heat: brochure
Summary: The "Survive the heat" brochure contains information on how individuals can take care of themselves and look out for family, friends and neighbours who may need help coping with the heat.

Title: Survive the heat: poster
Summary: The "Survive the heat" poster can be used by health and community service providers to promote heat health messages.

Title: Thai community fire safety video
Summary: This home fire safety video was developed alongside a local Thai community group in Springvale and the Springvale brigade and station staff. The video focuses on kitchen fire safety which, as data highlights is where most house fires start. It shows in a humorous way, how people can easily get distracted from cooking with disastrous consequences.

Title: Towards an asbestos-free Australia
Summary: Fact sheet on the history and facts of Asbestos including the national strategic plan to eradicate it.

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