JUNE 2016
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Cold weather brings higher risks for kids with asthma

Asthma risks are set to soar for kids this winter as even a simple cold can trigger a life threatening asthma attack. The latest stats from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show that hospitalisations for children with asthma peak in late autumn and early winter. Chairman Dr Jonathan Burdon AM says that 'To help stay safe and healthy it is important to take control of asthma in winter before problems occur'.

See more of the media release. 

CEO receives Queens Birthday honour

We congratulate our Chief Executive Officer, Kristine Whorlow, who was awarded an AM (General Division, Order of Australia) in the 2016 Queens Birthday Honours List. Kristine's well-deserved award recognises her many years of significant service to improving outcomes and advocating for people with asthma, nationally and internationally.

Read the whole article.

Director elected as RACGP President

Our congratulations go to Dr Bastian Seidel for his election as President of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Bastian is a Director on our Board and a wonderful advocate for the asthma cause. See the RACGP media release.

New research brings hope to the 1 in 10 Australians living with asthma

A new drug trial could bring hope for the almost 2.5 million Australians with asthma. The Huffington Post reports that the University of Queensland has published research in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology about the protein IL-33, which causes inflammation of the lungs, and which could have the potential to reverse or slow the development of asthma.

"If it proves to be successful, it would be very useful. This is the sort of thing that anyone working in asthma treatment hopes for anyone suffering asthma to have a better life." says our CEO Kristine Whorlow.

Read the whole article.

'Ageing Lungs in European Cohorts' study

The UK National Heart and Lung Institute has launched a study to identify which behavioural, environmental, occupational, nutritional and genetic factors may affect poor lung growth and lung function decline. The 'Ageing Lungs in European Cohorts' study will be conducted through a collaboration of epidemiologists, clinicians, statisticians and geneticists, on 25,000 participants. It aims to generate a predictive risk score to identify people who are at risk of COPD, among other things.

See more about the Study.  

CEO at 8th International Primary Care Respiratory Group Conference

Our Chief Executive Officer Kristine Whorlow AM attended the recent IPCRG World Conference in Amsterdam, its theme being 'Teamwork: Who cares? The Value of Multidisciplinary Respiratory Care for Patients, Clinicians and Healthcare Systems'. Some of our advisory body members were also in attendance. We are a proud founding member of the Group with Kristine continuing to act as Director and Treasurer.
Kristine Whorlow AM (third from left) and other delegates

Stocktake to affect online resource ordering

We are conducting a stocktake of hard-copy resources and advise that the online ordering facility of our website will not be available from 5.00pm Tuesday 5 July, re-opening Tuesday 12 July at 9.00am. 

Please call our office if you need to place an urgent order or have any queries about the closure.

Upcoming conferences and events



Specialist Pain Symposia

The key to preventing disability and achieving
better health outcomes

1 July 2016
Sydney, Australia
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3rd International Conference on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary

11 - 12 July 2016
Brisbane, Australia
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Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
29 - 31 July 2016
Sydney, Australia
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Australian Respiratory and Sleep Medicine Institute

ResHealth 2016: 2nd International Respiratory
and Sleep Medicine Conference

5–7 August 2016
Adelaide, Australia
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International Congress of Immunology

Immunotherapy: Harnessing the power of the immune system
21 - 26 August 2016
Melbourne, Australia
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