Health impacts of the Australian mega fires

In September 2019, Australia began to burn like it's never burned before. Every state and territory, except Western Australia and the Northern Territory, went up in flames, with the mega fire's epicentre in the most populated state, New South Wales.

So far, 33 people have died, an estimated 1.25 billion animals have been decimated, and nearly 11 million hectares of land have been burned.

It's now the summer of 2020, and the fires are still burning in South-East Australia.

In this podcast four experts from The University of Queensland’s School of Public Health discuss the impact of the mega fires on Australia’s food, water, environment, air quality and ultimately the health of the nation.    

Panel: Associate Professor Linda SelveyProfessor Amanda Lee, Associate Professor Luke Knibbs, Dr Fiona Jayne Charlson

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