Promoting the exercise and asthma message: COPD Athlete heads to the New York City Marathon
It's been an exciting week for the National Asthma Council and one of its regular bloggers, Russell Winwood aka COPD Athlete, as a year's work to realise a dream came to fruition and he departed for the US to take on the New York City Marathon.
Mirroring the latest evidence from around the world on the benefits of exercise for people with asthma – including Grade A evidence-based recommendations in our Australian Asthma Handbook – Russell's regular blogs tell the story of how exercise has empowered all aspects of his life despite having asthma since he was a child and being diagnosed with COPD in 2011.
As an everyday Dad, Husband and small business owner taking control of his lung condition, Russell's story has inspired many, including former Olympic marathon runner, Steve Moneghetti, who was happy to offer Russell some training advice during a visit to his hometown of Ballarat, Victoria on Tuesday. Their meeting gained national media attention, with reports on National Nine News and ABC's Radio National.
The National Asthma Council is proud to be supporting Russell and we wish him every success in completing the marathon – he would be the first stage IV COPD patient to do so – and in spreading his exercise message.
Public consultation on the draft National Asthma Strategy 2016-2020 was held during August and we were delighted to hear from almost one hundred different stakeholders with an interest in how Australia faces the challenges of asthma.
The Strategy is our national plan for reducing the impact of asthma on individuals, the community and the economy – taking Australia to the next stage of improvement in asthma health outcomes and research endeavours.
Responses covered the breadth and depth of those touched by this plan, yet taken as a whole, the draft Strategy was fundamentally supported by those who responded.
We are currently finalising the draft Strategy for submission to the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council for endorsement, with a view to publication in autumn 2016.
Look out for our sessions at Melbourne GPCE/PNCE 15
At the Melbourne GPCE/PNCE, the National Asthma Council is running a total of eight sessions over the three days, covering three different topics, so if you're at the event, be sure to pay us a visit.
Troubleshooting difficult asthma – help is at hand
Presented with the support of Novartis Australia Friday 13 November, 10.20–11.35am (Session 12), presented by Dr Tim Foo Saturday 14 November, 10.20–11.35am (Session 22), presented by Dr Tim Foo Sunday 15 November, 8.30–9.45am (Session 31), presented by Dr Tim Foo
Using your inhaler – correct technique in asthma and COPD medications
Presented with the support of Boehringer Ingelheim Friday 13 November, 2.00–3.15pm (Session 14), presented by Bernadette Flanagan Saturday 14 November, 2.00–3.15pm (Session 24) presented by Marg Gordon Sunday 15 November, 10.20–11.35am (Session 32) presented by Juana Ford Sunday 15 November, 2.00–3.15pm (Session 34) presented by Juana Ford
Diet, obesity and asthma – exploring the connections, improving the outcomes
Presented with the support of Dairy Australia Saturday 14 November, 11.50am–1.05pm (Session 23), presented by Dr Lisa Wood
IPCRG awarded part of €3 million grant to find solutions to chronic lung disorders in low and middle income countries
The European Commission's Horizon 2020 research programme has awarded the International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) and thirteen partners a €3 million grant to investigate respiratory disease in developing countries.
Lung disorders are very common in these countries because a large proportion of the population smokes or cooks in very basic conditions.
“Chronic lung diseases are now the third leading cause of death around the world, after cardiovascular disease and cancer,” says Professor Niels Chavannes, Immediate Past President of IPCRG.
In many of the communities it is so normal to have symptoms such as cough or breathlessness that few people report them to the health services, or make the connection between the smoke they breathe and how they feel. This project aims to describe the problem so that local people, healthcare professionals and governments agree there is a problem and work together to find solutions.
The National Asthma Council Australia is a founding member of the IPCRG and is the member organisation representing Australia.