WDHS counting pollen to save lives
A NEW world-first system has been launched in Victoria, and is being supported by Western District Health Service, in a bid to prevent another thunderstorm asthma disaster like the one in Melbourne last year that killed nine people.
WDHS is the first of five new sites across regional Victoria to have a pollen trap installed and staff will manage daily collection, analysis and reporting at the site during grass pollen seasons.
The WDHS pollen monitoring site is part of a Victorian Government initiative to identify the risk of epidemic thunderstorm asthma, using a traffic light scale of green for low, orange for moderate, and red for high – and trigger warnings if required.
Chief executive, Rohan Fitzgerald said WDHS is very pleased to support this valuable community project that will enable health services, health professionals and department of health and human services to respond quickly and appropriately to epidemic thunderstorm events in the future.