September 2023 update

Beat the heat

Exposure to high temperatures can lead to life-threatening heat-related illness such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion. More commonly, heat can make existing chronic illness worse.

Find out how to reduce your risk

Air quality

Air Quality Categories (AQC) indicate how clean or polluted the air is in areas across NSW.

The reporting of AQC is managed by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.

Check the current AQC for different areas in NSW and the Health Activity Guide

Protect yourself from bushfire smoke

Bushfire smoke can affect people’s health and it is important for everyone to reduce exposure.

Returning home safely

Information for child care centres

Children are more vulnerable to the effects of smoke because they spend more time outdoors, have developing airways and breathe more air relative to their body weight.

Illness and injury from bushfire

Bushfire and smoke can cause many health issues or exacerbate existing conditions.

Find information on common illnesses including:

  • smoke irritation
  • asthma
  • burns
More information

Medications and prescriptions

Steps to take if you have lost your Medicare, DVA or Centrelink card, medication or prescription due to bushfires or have been without electricity for an extended period.

Advice for general practitioners

People at greater risk from smoke include those with underlying lung or heart conditions, the elderly and young children.

Encourage patients to adhere to their treatment plans and seek medical attention if symptoms persist or worsen.

Information for parents

Children are more vulnerable to the effects of smoke and may require emotional support during and after a bushfire.

Find information on:

  • reducing exposure to smoke
  • supporting children with asthma
  • mental health resources
  • P2/N95 masks
  • immunisations and enrolment
More information

Other Government information

The Service NSW guide provides information and links for people who have been impacted by bushfires and need immediate help.

Visit the Service NSW guide
Current as at: Friday 8 September 2023
Contact page owner: Environmental Health