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October 2019
Asthma News for Health Professionals
Drop in asthma deaths in 2018

New ABS data reveals a significant decrease in asthma-related deaths in Australian women, however concern continues as the number of deaths remains high and the death toll for men stagnates.

There were 389 asthma-related deaths recorded in Australia in 2018, which signifies a decrease from 441 in 2017, and 457 in 2016.

Those aged 75 and over continue to account for nearly two-thirds of deaths (241 of 389), while deaths in children remain uncommon but can still occur – seven children lost their lives to asthma in 2018.

Read more about the figures via The New Daily or in NAC spokesperson and GP Dr Ian Almond's interview with newsGP.
Read the media release
New resource: Severe Asthma Checklist

The Severe Asthma Checklist is your guide to identifying patients with severe asthma among adults and adolescents with asthma that is not well controlled despite treatment.

It draws on guidance from our Australian Asthma Handbook and Monoclonal antibody therapy for severe asthma information paper, packaged in a convenient format for general practitioners.

Get your copy
Prepare your patients for pollen season
Find the Pollen Forecast Network’s daily pollen counter live on our website until the end of December. 

It’s an extra reminder to inform your patients about the connection between allergic rhinitis and asthma and help prepare those at risk of thunderstorm asthma.
Access the Australian Asthma Handbook to find out more about thunderstorm asthma prevention.

Download our thunderstorm asthma information paper or flow chart for pharmacy for more information.
About thunderstorm asthma
E-cigarettes and severe lung illness
The Chief Medical Officer and State and Territory Chief Health Officers have issued a statement about e-cigarettes and an emerging link between their use and lung disease.

The Australian Asthma Handbook's advice on smoking states the use of electronic cigarettes by people with asthma should not be encouraged.
Read the statement
Inquiry into allergies and anaphylaxis
The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport has commenced an inquiry into allergies and anaphylaxis in Australia.

Interested persons and organisations are invited to make a submission addressing the terms of reference by Thursday, 24 October 2019
Find out more
Congratulations to award winner
Congratulations to Dr Therese Boyle and colleagues on winning the ASCIA and NAC Asthma Research Award, announced at the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy 2019 conference.

It's one of several awards we offer annually to encourage asthma research.
Our research awards
Visit us at GPCE - Melbourne
Are you going to the General Practice Conference and Exhibition between 15-17 November.

Stop by the National Asthma Council stand and find out about the Australian Asthma Handbook and other upcoming evidence-based health professional resources.
About the conference
Upcoming conferences and events
October 2019
Mastering Patient Care: Allergy & Asthma - Brisbane
When: 19 October
Where: Brisbane Cricketers' Club

November 2019
GPCE Melbourne
When: 15-17 November
Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

November 2019
Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma Research Day
When: 27 November
Where: Hunter Medical Research Institute, Newcastle

March 2020
TSANZSRS Annual Scientific Meeting
When: 27-31 March
Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

May 2020
APNA National Conference
When: 21-23 May
Where: International Convention Centre, Sydney

May 2020
International Primary Care Respiratory Group World Conference
When: 28-30 May
Where: Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin
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