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ASTHMA AND ALLERGY NEWS 
SEPTEMBER 2015

National Asthma Week 1-7 September

This week is National Asthma Week and we are encouraging you to put yourself in charge, not your asthma with these easy tips: 
  • See your doctor for regular check-ups
  • Understand what triggers your asthma
  • Follow your asthma action plan
  • Take your preventer every day, if prescribed
  • Visit our How-to Video Library to check you are using your inhaler (puffer) correctly
Read more below about our new asthma initiative and other events happening this month.

Our new online social hub for parents of kids with asthma 

To help celebrate National Asthma Week 1-7 September we have developed The Asthma Experts, a new online social hub for parents of kids with asthma.
 
Our new initiative provides simple, easy to understand information on asthma and its management including triggers, medications, action plans and device use. Featuring professional tips from doctors, nurses and pharmacists, The Asthma Experts is the go to online source for information designed to help Australian kids breathe easier.

 

Find out more about The Asthma Experts at our new Kids and Parents website hub or join our online community on Facebook or Twitter.

Spring pollen alert for hayfever sufferers

The first week of spring brings with it the promise of warmer weather and time outdoors but it is also a time for people with asthma or allergies to take extra care. 

Forecast high pollen levels in the air this spring in some states could leave up to seven million Australians who suffer from allergy (including hay fever and conjunctivitis) struggling with sneezing, watery eyes, a running nose and an itchy throat.   Read more

How to beat spring allergies

Professor of immunology and allergies, Connie Katelaris joined the  Today Show Australia this week with some tips on how to combat the side-effects of pollen. Watch the video here.

You might also wish to check out our range of Healthy Living Factsheets for more great tips on asthma and allergies.

Womens Health Week 7-11 September

There are many ways you can get involved in Women's Health Week this year - hosting an event (such as a morning tea or fun walk), or spreading the word and getting the women you know to join the free online event with a host of women's health experts and celebrity ambassadors.   Find out more at the Women's Health Week website.

  

Indoor air pollution is no joke

When we think about air pollution, we usually think about outdoor air quality. But the quality of the air we breathe inside our homes, offices, and other indoor spaces might be even more important.

Indoor air pollution is no joke. In fact, it’s one of the top five environmental health risks. But with a few simple steps, you can reduce your risks and protect your loved ones.'   Read the full article at MensHealth
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