Coping with heat, smoke and high temperatures can be managed if you know what to do. Read our summer health advice and learn how to manage heat stress, swimmers ear, sunburn or insect bites too.
Beach and water

Beaches and water quality

The water quality of natural water sources, such as beaches and rivers, can vary greatly. Stay out of water that is murky or discoloured or smells bad, and pay attention to local signage. Check the Beach Report and Yarra Watch websites for water quality reports for the Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay during the summer months.

Beaches and water quality
Children at beach

Water safety for children

Drowning is a leading cause of death for young children. Most drowning deaths occur in bathtubs, backyard swimming pools and spas. Read this important information about drowning prevention techniques.

Water safety for children

First aid and DRSABCD

Learning basic first aid can help in an emergency. You may be able to keep a person breathing or minimise the consequences of injury or sudden illness until an ambulance arrives. This can mean the difference between life and death.

First aid basics and DRSABCD

Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation CPR

CPR is a combination of techniques, including chest compressions – designed to pump the heart to get blood circulating and deliver oxygen to the brain until an ambulance arrives. Learning CPR can save lives.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
Diving into water

Swimming - preventing injury

Drownings have been too common this summer, read about how to stay safe at a beach, river, lake or swimming pool as well as advice on supervising children.

Swimming - preventing injury


Sunburn is a radiation burn to the skin. The long-term effects of repeated bouts of sunburn include premature wrinkling and an increased risk of skin cancer. Read about how to avoid and treat sunburn.

Woman relaxing with feet in pool

Swimmer's ear

Swimmer's ear is an infection or inflammation that can be triggered by water. Symptoms include pain, reduced hearing, and buzzing in the ear, and can lead to complications. Read more for information on symptoms and treatment.

Swimmers ear

Bites and stings first aid

There are a range of bites and stings that can occur outdoors, from bee stings to spider bites, ticks and jellyfish to name a few. Find out how to deal with these and where to get help.

Bites and stings first aid
Older woman chatting to postie

Heat stress – preventing heatstroke

Heat stress occurs when the body becomes dehydrated and is unable to cool itself enough to maintain a healthy temperature. If left untreated, this can lead to heatstroke, which is a life-threatening medical emergency.

Heat stress and exercise
Swimming in pool

Healthy swimming video

Pools and the things that float therein - watch this video for the lowdown, and follow some simple guidelines for keeping the pool clean for everyone.

Healthy swimming video