Introduction Bushfires are an integral part of the Australian environment. While
the immediate health impacts of these fires can be devastatingly
obvious, there are many other serious aspects of bushfires that
remain less well understood. A holistic perspective of bushfires
is essential for minimising harm and ensuring public safety in an
environment that is becoming increasingly conducive to major
bushfire catastrophes. This review summarises the current evidence
about the immediate health risks of bushfires and the special health
needs of survivors. It also looks at the health risks of smoke haze
and other environmental hazards associated with bushfires.
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