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FEBRUARY 2017
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Thunderstorm asthma community information sessions

The Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services are holding a series of community information sessions on thunderstorn asthma, during which the public can hear first-hand what thunderstorm asthma is and how best to prepare for the next pollen season. The sessions are being held during February in both Melbourne and Geelong.

Session dates and locations.

State Government funds thunderstorm asthma research


The Victorian Labor Government has announced a $1million funding package which will expand pollen counting networks as well as fund research into the underlying causes of thunderstorm asthma and the best processes for forecasting these events.

The funding boost follows the release of the preliminary report from the Inspector-General for Emergency Management into the thunderstorm asthma event of 21 and 22 November 2016.

Further information.

School's back - how's their asthma?


Around this time of year with kids just starting up their school routines once again, there's a well-documented spike in asthma flare-ups. Help your child be healthy, happy and settled at school by checking out these handy resources:

Volunteers wanted for kids asthma app study


Do you have a child with asthma or know someone who does? Researchers at University of New South Wales, Macquarie University and University of South Australia are seeking 6 to 11 year old children with asthma (and their parent/carer) to share their thoughts about asthma apps.
 
The study will involve user-testing sessions of asthma apps to get a better understanding of how young children and their parents interact with them and to investigate what they want in self-management strategies.

Find out more.

Are you allergic to pool or spa chemicals?


It's the time of year when our pools and spas quite literally take a hammering! We all want our family's good times to keep rolling on so it's important to maintain safe levels of water sanitization. But what do you do when someone can't tolerate certain chemicals like chlorine and bromine? Sensitive Choice partners Hydroxypure and Poppits offer pool and spa treatment alternatives that could be a better choice for you and your family.

Go to the Sensitive Choice website.

The downside to fragrances - one woman's experience


We thought you may be interested to read this excerpt in the Sydney Morning Herald, taken from Kate Grenville's new book 'The Case Against Fragrance'.

Focussing on her own struggles with fragrance-chemical health hazards, it appears to be a funny and engaging look at her own allergy journey. 

Read the article.
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