MAY 2016
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Spirometry Quick Reference Guide released

We are pleased to launch our new Spirometry Quick Reference Guide, a practical resource for primary care health professionals who perform spirometry.

Our new guide highlights the key steps for obtaining high-quality spirometry results, including acceptability and repeatability criteria, alongside a simple algorithm for interpreting results. The 10-page printed guide has a practical ring-clip design for easy attachment to the spirometer, providing quick access during lung function testing. It is not intended to be a comprehensive training resource for performing spirometry, but a useful reference to support reliable testing. Order or download a copy of the guide here.

New APNA Framework for primary health care nurses

The Australian Primary Healthcare Nurses Association (APNA) is developing an Education and Career Framework and Toolkit for Primary Health Care Nurses. Aiming to improve employment opportunities, recruitment and retention of primary health care nurses, the Framework will apply to all nurses working in primary health care, inclusive of general practice.

APNA will host a series of Key Stakeholder Workshops on the Framework in May and is seeking the involvement and input of all health care nurses. Find out how you can be involved here.

Congratulations to the winner of the TSANZ and NAC Asthma Prize

Created to encourage research into asthma, the Asthma Prize is sponsored by us each year and is awarded at the TSANZ Annual Scientific Meeting to the best presentation (oral or poster).

This year's winner, for her abstract 'A novel ex vivo perfusion system for investigating mucous metaplasia in mouse airways', is Esther Cheah from the University of Western Australia. Our congratulations to you, Esther! Read more about the Award.

Federal funding boost for National Allergy Strategy

The Federal Government has announced funding of $500,000 toward Australia’s National Allergy Strategy. Launched in August 2015, the Strategy was developed in partnership by the two leading medical and patient organisations for allergy in Australia - the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) and Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA). We were involved in the consultation process along with sixty other key stakeholder organisations.

The funding boost will provide support for the implementation of three urgent National Allergy Strategy initiatives:

  • Standardising drug allergy management;
  • Improving allergy management for teens and young adults; and
  • Allergy management in food service including in the hospital setting.
More information on the National Allergy Strategy.

Dairy Australia's new communication campaign

Dairy Australia's new program 'Foods that do good' is designed to help health professionals stay informed about how to reduce diet-related health risks through healthy eating.

Their new website provides a central point for credible nutrition information, as well as links to other food and related organisations. See the website.

Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma to host webinar

On June 20, the Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma is hosting Professor Ian Pavord from the University of Oxford for a webinar on Biomarkers of Inhaled Corticosteriod Response in COPD.

A Professor of Respiratory Medicine, Ian Pavord is also an Honorary Consultant Physician at the Oxford University Hospital and has a particular interest in asthma, chronic pulmonary disease and chronic cough.

Click here to register or see the website.

Upcoming conferences and events

May 2016

National Medicines Symposium
19 - 20 May
Canberra, Australia
More information

8th IPCRG World Conference
25 - 28 May
More information

June 2016

Call for Abstracts - Digital Innovations for Healthcare of the Future
Accelerating Healthcare Transformation with Patient-centred Innovations

15 – 17 June
Sydney, Australia
More information
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