Health professionals urged to check inhaler technique
Research shows up to 90% of patients incorrectly use their inhalers, leading to poor outcomes in the management of asthma and COPD. We are urging health professionals to proactively check their patients' inhaler technique - including long-time users - as research reveals only 10 percent of patients are utilising proper technique.
Our asthma educator Judi Wicking features in the videos and recommends that health professionals ask patients to show them how they use their inhalers and then provide one-on-one training to ensure that proper technique is used. She also adds: “The information paper reflects the advice in the Australian Asthma Handbook, which recommends that inhaler technique should always be checked before considering dose escalation or add-on therapy”.
Ground-breaking phase-out of inhaler CFCs worldwide
An astounding, worldwide environmental achievement will see a complete phase-out in 2016 of CFCs used in inhaler puffers (MDIs). The 1996 Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was developed om conjunction with worldwide parties to stop the use of ozone depleting CFCs in MDIs. As a result, affordable and CFC-free alternatives are available worldwide. Thanks to the tireless efforts of our own CEO, Kristine Whorlow AM, Australia was the first country to phase out the use of most CFCs in MDIs. Kristine was one of two Australian Government representatives to the Protocol.
The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand and the Australia and new Zealand Society of Respiratory Science are holding their Annual Scientific Meeting for Leaders in Lung Health & Respiratory Science and are calling for abstracts to be submitted by 14 October 2016.
Education and Career Framework continues for primary care nurses
Under its Nursing in Primary Health Care Program, the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association will continue its series of Key Stakeholder Workshops across the country to support the development of the Education and Career Framework and Toolkit for primary health care nurses.
Kaleidoscope Project aims to improve chronic disease outcomes
Researchers at the University of Sydney, in conjunction with the Better Treatment for Kids Network, are working on an initiative to identify research priorities relating to chronic disease. Aiming to ensure resources are directed towards research that is important and relevant to children living with a chronic condition and their caregivers, The Kaleidoscope Project is inviting clinicians, researchers, patients and caregivers to participate in a survey to identify the Top 10 research priorities for children with chronic disease.