Health impacts of bushfire smoke exposure in Australia
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Clare M. Walter; Elena K. Schneider-Futschik; Luke D. Knibbs; Louis B. Irving
Publication Year: 2020

Cataloging Information

  • air pollution
  • asthma
  • Australia
  • bushfires
  • cardiorespiratory disease
  • health impacts
  • smoke exposure
  • International
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Record Last Modified: April 22, 2020
FRAMES Record Number: 60925


Smoke exposure from bushfires, such as those experienced in Australia during 2019-2020, can reach levels up to 10 times those deemed hazardous. Short‐term and extended exposure to high levels of air pollution can be associated with adverse health effects, although the most recent fires have brought into sharp focus that several important knowledge gaps remain. In this article, we briefly identify and discuss the existing Australian evidence base and make suggestions for future research.

Online Link(s):
Walter, Clare M.; Schneider-Futschik, Elena K.; Knibbs, Luke D.; Irving, Louis B. 2020. Health impacts of bushfire smoke exposure in Australia. Respirology 25(5):495-501.