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October 2018
Asthma News for Health Professionals
Baby boomer women have higher asthma risk
We have issued our annual release on asthma-related death. Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data from 2017 shows that women aged between 55 and 64 years have the highest risk of dying from asthma. In total, 441 asthma-related deaths were recorded in Australia in 2017, comprising 300 females and 141 males. Whilst the overall toll decreased by 14 from the previous year, the deaths of women aged between 55 and 64 years doubled (from 16 to 32).
Read more about the mortality statistics
Judi Wicking's retirement
After a long and successful career as asthma educator and project manager at the National Asthma Council, Judi Wicking is retiring. Judi has been part of the team for nearly 20 years, first as an expert presenter and then coming in-house to lead our health professional asthma education programs since 2007. Judi has shown ongoing dedication to providing high quality, practical education to improve the health of people with asthma.
Judi will handover to Marg Gordon, who will be coming on board as our new project manager/asthma educator at the end of October. We wish Judi well in her transition to retirement.
Read more about Judi's contribution to the National Asthma Council
New asthma and allergy health professionals network
We've recently launched a Health Professionals Network (HPN), which is a community of health professionals who provide care to people who have asthma or allergies, and want to help us improve our resources and services.

The HPN will be consulted for advice and assistance in the planning, delivery and/or evaluation of our projects, services and resources. By joining the HPN we will email you when opportunities are available. You can be involved as much or as little as you'd like.
Learn more and join the HPN
Dr Kerry Hancock receives RACGP honorary fellowship
Dr Kerry Hancock is the recipient of an honorary fellowship with the RACGP as a result of her commitment to respiratory health. Dr Hancock has held multiple positions with various respiratory-focused professional groups, and has been closely involved with National Asthma Council work for more than 20 years. 
She was a founding member and Chair of our GP Asthma Group, and has been a highly valued contributor to the Australian Asthma Handbook and our health professional education, as well as various health professional special interest papers and practice tools. Congratulations on this well-deserved recognition Dr Hancock.
Read more about the RACGP honorary awards
Severe Asthma Evening Symposium
The Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma is running educational symposia throughout Australia. The sessions will provide an introduction to the Severe Asthma Toolkit and educational updates on severe asthma research and clinical management. Scheduled sessions include:
  • Sydney - 29 October 2018
  • Melbourne - 7 November 2018
  • Brisbane - 6 December 2018
More information on the symposium here
Upcoming conferences and events
November 2018

ERS Respiratory Updates - free online registration for virtual delegates.
When: Friday, 2 November 2018.
Where: London, UK (any location for virtual delegates!)
More information:

January 2019

6th International Workshop on Lung Health
When: 17 - 19 January, 2019
Where: Nice, France
More information:

March 2019

The Annual Scientific Meeting for Leaders in Lung Health and Respiratory Science (TSANZSRS)
When: 29 March - 2 April 2019
Where: Gold Coast, Queensland
More information:

April 2019

Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) National Conference 2019
When: 4 - 6 April 2019
Where: Adelaide, South Australia
More information:

May 2019

The International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) 6th Scientific Meeting
: 24 - 25 May 2019
Where: Bucharest, Romania
More information:

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