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Are your asthma patients back-to-school ready?

Ahead of the start of the 2017 school year, we are asking doctors and pharmacists to ensure that their paediatric asthma patients are ready for a safe return to the classroom. With studies showing a spike in paediatric asthma hospitalisations during the first month of school, the 'February Epidemic' sees asthma cases rising as much as threefold in children aged five to 14 years.

Inhaler technique device-specific checklists now available

The popular NPS Medicinewise inhaler technique checklists summary has recently been updated with our collaboration. This handy summary is an excellent tool for health professionals to ensure the correct sequence of steps when teaching inhaler technique.
View or download the checklists summary

Have your patients been affected by thunderstorm asthma?


The Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services has launched an incident page on its website, providing general information and specific support to families who may have lost a loved one as a result of the tragic thunderstorm asthma event on 21 November 2016.

Support offered to the Community
Part of the Department's initiative will include organised information sessions for the community during which you will hear first-hand about what thunderstorm asthma is and how you and your family can prepare for the next pollen season. These sessions will be held during late January and February in both Melbourne and Geelong.

Register for an information session

Review by the Inspector-General of Emergency Management
The Inspector-General of Emergency Management will lead a statewide review of the emergency response to the thunderstorm asthma event of 21 November and invites public comments and submissions which will be used to inform the final report to government. Public submissions must be received by 5pm, Monday 30 January 2017.

Make a submission

Expressions of interest sought for work-related asthma position paper

Together with the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ), we have convened a writing party to produce a position paper on Work-Related Asthma. We are seeking multi-disciplinary members including respiratory physicians, occupational physicians, lawyers, respiratory nurses and scientists to provide practical recommendations for the diagnosis, management and prevention of Work-Related Asthma. Applications close 13 February 2017.

For further information go to the TSANZ website

Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma webinar: 1 February

The Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma is hosting Associate Professor Celeste Porsbjerg (Bispebjerg Hospital and University of Copenhagen), for a webinar on Non-Eosinophilic Asthma – Common But Poorly Understood. The presentation will be a public lecture given at the Hunter Medical Research Institute, NSW and also available live and online.

Celeste is a Respiratory Specialist and Clinical Research Associate Professor whose research interests revolve around the diagnosis and phenotyping of asthma, with a focus on airway pathophysiology and inflammation.

Go to the website to register

Call for RACGP Conference abstracts now open

Abstracts are now open for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Conference 'GP17' being held in Sydney from 26-28 October 2017. Abstract submissions close 2 February 2017.

Find out more

Upcoming conferences and events


Americal 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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