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Thunderstorm asthma update

Preliminary Report now available
The Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services has released the Inspector-General of Emergency Management's preliminary report on the emergency response to the thunderstorm asthma event that occurred in late November 2016.

Access the Preliminary Report

Community Information sessions
A series of community information sessions have already taken place throughout Melbourne and Geelong, with one session now remaining. We are pleased to have worked with Asthma Foundation Victoria and Asthma Australia to provide clinical expertise and advice at each session.

Session dates and times

State Government-funded research
The Victorian Labor Government has announced a $1million funding package which will expand pollen counting networks as well as fund research into the underlying causes of thunderstorm asthma and the best processes for forecasting these events.

Further information

Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma webinar: 8 March 2017

The Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma is hosting Dr Robert Niven for a webinar on 'Clinical Trials Endpoints for Severe Asthma'. Dr Niven is a Senior Lecturer and Consultant Respiratory Physician at the University of Manchester and University Hospital of South Manchester.

Register for webinar

Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship now available

The Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme (NAHSSS), an Australian Government Scholarship Program, is offering Nursing and Midwifery Scholarships for 2017. Applications are now open and will close on 28 February 2017.

Read more about the scholarship

We are now a Registered Charity organisation

We are pleased to have been granted the status of Registered Charity recently by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). The registered charity tick is designed to provide the community with an easy way to recognise registered charities. 

More information on how you can support us

Pharmacist chronic disease management pilot expressions of interest

The Victorian Government Department of Health is seeking expressions of interest submissions for the Pharmacist Chronic Disease Management Pilot program.

The 18-month pilot involves pharmacists and GPs working collaboratively to help consumers manage chronic disease and medication more effectively, in accordance with the care plan developed by the GP. Asthma is one of the chronic conditions included in the pilot. 

More information

Upcoming conferences and events


American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI)
Annual Meeting 

3-6 March
Atlanta Georgia, USA
More information

Consumer and Carer Leadership Colloquium
Consumer Health Forum in conjunction with the National
Rural Health Alliance and Mental Health Australia 
20-21 March
Canberra, Australia
More information

TSANZSRS Annual Scientific Meeting
24-28 March
Canberra, Australia
More information


15th World Conference on Public Health 
3-7 April
Melbourne, Australia 
More information

14th National Rural Health Conference
26-29 April
Cairns, QLD, Australia
More information
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