National Asthma Strategy 2016-2020 stakeholder survey

Australia’s asthma community has a unique opportunity to shape the future of asthma care in this country through the National Asthma Strategy 2016–2020.
We, at the National Asthma Council Australia, are delighted to be coordinating development of the strategy, in partnership with Asthma Australia and with support from the Australian Government Department of Health.
As a first step, we invite you to take part in the National Asthma Strategy preliminary survey. The brief survey will help us understand what issues are important to you and where the challenges lie.
Responses close Sunday 8 March

Please share this link with any friends and colleagues who may be interested.
We want to hear from people with asthma and their families, health professionals treating people with asthma, and others who care about how Australia should tackle asthma.

For more information about the strategy or to read past strategies, visit our website.

GPs encouraged to be vigilant with asthma kids

Prof. Peter van Asperen, Australian Asthma Handbook contributor and Guidelines Committee member, in the Medical Journal of Australia, on the lessons we can learn from the NSW deaths in childhood asthma figures. Read more at MJA...

Ground-breaking Australian research brings hope of a cure for peanut allergy

"Researchers from the Murdoch Children's Research Institute in Melbourne gave 60 children who are allergic to peanuts either a probiotic along with a small dose of peanut protein or a placebo.

Lead researcher Associate Professor Mimi Tang said more than 80 per cent of children who received the protein and probiotic were able to tolerate peanuts without any allergic symptoms at the end of the trial." Read more at ABC news...

Grass pollen-specific allergy vaccine reduces allergic symptoms

"Recent research showed a new, well-tolerated allergy vaccine, incorporating a Th1-inducing adjuvant, MPL, was efficacious and after only four preseasonal injections produced antibody changes normally associated with long injection schedules." These finding may see a wider application of allergy vaccination. Read more at NCBI...

Psychedelic drug prevents asthma development in mice

"Researchers have found that a psychedelic drug, (R)-DOI, prevents the development of allergic asthma in a mouse model. The effects are potent and effective at a concentration 50-100 times less than would influence behavior." 
Read more at Science Daily...

Continuing Education for Primary Health Care Nurses

The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses association (APNA) is offering a series of ongoing education events for nurses in primary care featuring updates from the National Asthma Council on the latest asthma advice and medications.


Wednesday 15th April 2015 – 7.30-8.30pm

This interactive webinar will look at new medications, devices and management strategies for 2015. Join two asthma and respiratory educators from the NAC, as we explore asthma management for nurses in primary care. Find out more...
Nursing in General Practice Workshops

Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd May 2015 – Perth
Friday 29th and Saturday 30th May 2015 – Adelaide

Designed and facilitated by nurses, with a range of outstanding presenters from across disciplines, these workshops offer nurses working in primary care an engaging opportunity to network and update their expertise. Each workshop features a 1.5 hour presentation by the NAC. In Perth we’ll discuss what’s new in the treatment guidelines, new medications including when and how to use them correctly, and an update on acute asthma protocols. In Adelaide the workshop will cover changes to the treatment guidelines, new medications and focus on paediatric asthma management.
Find out more...
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