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ASTHMA NEWS FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
JANUARY 2015

Return to school triggers spike in asthma emergencies 

Parents and teachers are being warned to prepare for a spike in asthma emergencies when children return to classrooms for the start of the 2015 school year.
 
The National Asthma Council Australia says that the 1 in 10 school children with asthma face a significant increase in the risk of asthma flare-ups and hospitalisation during the first few weeks of the school term. Read more...

Bushfire season sparks asthma warning

Bushfire smoke and increased air pollution can irritate the lungs and cause breathing difficulties in people with asthma, our recent media messages have warned. Children and the elderly are most at risk.

Increased presentations for asthma should be expected around fire zones and in other areas affected by smoke haze. General practices and pharmacies around these areas should ensure they have good supplies of reliever medications and spacers, particularly for emergency use. Read more...

4th IPCRG Scientific Meeting, Singapore, 28-30 May 2015

The International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) conferences are  the leading primary care respiratory scientific meetings and the premier place for primary care respiratory clinicians, academics and researchers from all over the world. 

Asthma Australia: Young people and asthma survey 2015

"New data released by Asthma Australia has revealed that over a quarter of a million young Australians are at elevated risk of mental health issues associated with poorly controlled asthma. The National Young People and Asthma Survey explores the issues and opportunities in supporting the health and well-being of young Australians living with asthma".

For more details about the survey visit the Asthma Australia website

For the latest clinical advice, see the Australian Asthma Handbook:

Respiratory Health Featured at World Indigenous Health Conference

In December 2014, National Asthma Council Australia presenter Darren Smith provided a keynote presentation at the annual World Indigenous Health Conference. Attended by close to 300 delegates the Conference provided an open forum for discussion by Indigenous and non-Indigenous people alike from Australia and the world on the future of Indigenous health.

Darren Smith is of Jagera descent and has developed a passion for Indigenous respiratory health, providing assistance to Indigenous communities through the Indigenous Respiratory Outreach Care Program, as well as educating remote Aboriginal Health Workers and Practitioners through our Asthma Best Practice for Professionals Program. Course information...

Our highlights for 2014

We’ve had a great 2014 – in case you missed it, here are our highlights.
Thanks to everyone who helped make it possible.

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