APRIL 2015

Version 1.1 of the Australian Asthma Handbook launched!

Just over a year after its initial launch, the National Asthma Council is maintaining its commitment to keeping the Australian Asthma Handbook at the forefront of asthma guidance globally by publishing its first update, Version 1.1.

Chiefly prompted by the release of new medications over the last twelve months, the update also provided us with an opportunity to make a small number of minor clarifications and corrections – as well as some design and functionality improvements – based on valued feedback from our users.

Our new asthma community blog

In the latest addition to our thriving online asthma community, we recently launched a blog to cover a range of topics in a supportive, friendly and educational format.

Aside from regular posts from our team, the blog will also include posts from guest bloggers including winner of one our media awards last year, Zoe Perl from Australia Wide First Aid, and the amazing Russell Winwood, COPD Athlete

Although primarily created for people with asthma and their families, we encourage health professionals to visit the blog and join the conversation on our social media channels, Facebook and Twitter

Read about wheezing in infants and toddlers and earn QI&CPD points

"Although a very common problem, wheezing in infants and toddlers remains a difficult and confusing problem for clinicians". 

A regular contributor to our publications, Professor Craig Mellis, has written an excellent article on wheezing in infants and toddlers for last month's issue of Medicine Today. The article is great reading on its own, but RACGP members can also earn QI&CPD points by completing the related module.

Obama lands himself in hot water linking climate change and asthma

President Obama's comments linking climate change to his daughter Malia's worsening asthma gained plenty of media attention during April, not to mention a raft of criticism from political adversaries.

Much of the criticism centered around the apparent tenuousness of the link, while others argued that although the science behind his claim was strong, bringing his family into it was a cheap shot that did nothing for the debate.

That's politics, but we were just happy to see so much asthma in the news!

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.

APNA National Conference – Brave to Bold
Thursday 14 to Saturday 16 May 2015 – Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
APNA’s seventh annual conference offers a distinguished program that is sure to inspire and enhance your personal and professional development, whilst also providing extensive opportunities to network with your nurse colleagues from around Australia. The NAC will be presenting a full-day Spirometry Training Course as a pre-conference workshop on Thursday 14th May. Places are limited. Nursing in General Practice Workshops
Friday 1 and Saturday 2 May 2015 – Novotel Perth Langley
Friday 29 and Saturday 30 May 2015 – Grand Chancellor Adelaide on Hindley

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 discussing what’s new in the recently updated national treatment guidelines for asthma, new medications including when and how to use them correctly, and an update on acute asthma protocols.

Consultation on NHMRC infant feeding guidelines

The NHMRC is seeking feedback on the proposed amendments to its 2012 Infant Feeding Guidelines regarding infants with an allergy to cow’s milk formula. Submissions close on 15 May 2015.



Australasian Asthma Conference
Connecting Asthma Care: Consumer, Health Professional, and Systems
4–5 May, 2015
Brisbane, Australia
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APNA National Conference
Brave to Bold: Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association
14–16 May, 2015
Gold Coast, Australia
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American Thoracic Society (ATS) International Conference
ATS 2015: Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
15–20 May, 2015
Denver, USA
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4th IPCRG Scientific Meeting
International Primary Care Respiratory Group
29–30 May, 2015
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2nd Asia-Pacific Influenza Summit
Asia-Pacific Alliance for the Control of Influenza (APACI)
10–11 June 2015
Hanoi, Vietnam
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