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September 2018
Asthma News for Health Professionals
TSANZ and National Asthma Council Australia
Asthma and Airways Career Development Fellowship
Great news - applications are now open for the TSANZ and National Asthma Council Australia Asthma and Airways Career Development Fellowship. 

The aim of the Fellowship is to establish mid-career investigators as independent, self-directed researchers and to foster the development of high-quality research in respiratory research in Australia and New Zealand. The fellowship shall be to the value of AU $60,000 for one year. 

Deadline for applications: 31 October 2018
Read more about the fellowship
Epidemic thunderstorm asthma awareness
campaign launch
(L-R) Ms Nerina Harley (Epworth Hospital ICU Director), Ms Siobhan Brophy (National Asthma Council CEO), The Hon Jill Hennessy MP (Victorian Minister for Health), Mr Uday Dhumatkar (patient representative), Dr Michael Sutherland (Respiratory and Sleep Physician), Ms Michelle Goldman (Asthma Australia CEO).
During National Asthma Week we attended the 2018 Epidemic Thunderstorm Asthma Awareness Campaign Launch, hosted by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.

The Hon Jill Hennessy MP spoke about the importance of being prepared for grass pollen season. She encouraged the community to talk to their doctor before the beginning of grass pollen season, and to have good asthma and allergy management all year round.

Community member Uday Dhumatkar attended with his family to share his story about the benefit of good asthma management. After a severe asthma attack resulting in admittance to Intensive Care in 2010, he has taken his preventer medication every day and was well prepared for the November 2016 epidemic thunderstorm asthma event. 
National Asthma Week consumer luncheon
Mr Tony Pasin MP (Federal Member for Barker), Ms Siobhan Brophy (National Asthma Council CEO), and Dr Mike Freelander MP (Member for Macarthur) speak to a patient representative at the lunch.
During National Asthma Week, we also attended the Asthma Australia 'Busting Asthma Myths' Luncheon at Parliament House, Canberra. The event launched the Busting Asthma Myths report, which shows the far-reaching impacts of asthma, with two thirds of Australian being affected in some way.  

As part of the lunch, several community members shared stories of their experiences with asthma, including triggers, symptoms and medications. Parliamentary Friends of Asthma co-convenors Mr Tony Pasin MP and Dr Mike Freelander MP also spoke about the impact asthma has had on their lives, and discussed how we can better support people with asthma. 
Read the Busting Asthma Myths report
New adult asthma resources
The International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) has recently released a new set of resources to support primary care professionals to provide personalised care to adults with asthma. 

By providing personalised care, clinicians can support patients to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to manage their own health.
View the IPCRG resources here
European Respiratory Society (ERS) 
Gold Medal in Asthma recipient
Congratulations to Professor Peter Gibson, the recipient of the 2018 European Respiratory Society Gold Medal in Asthma. The award recognises a researcher who has made an outstanding contribution in the field of asthma and is currently pursuing an active research project in asthma. 

Professor Gibson is from the Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma at the University of Newcastle.
More info on Prof Peter Gibson and the ERS Gold Medal
Thunderstorm asthma season resources
With thunderstorm asthma season on the way, check out our thunderstorm asthma resource centre or click on individual articles below:    You can also order print resources 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:
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