JULY 2016
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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.

In addressing the issue we have expanded the 'how-to' video series on our website to include the latest devices available. Our Inhaler Technique for People with asthma or COPD information paper for health professionals has also been updated to reflect the latest evidence and available devices.

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.

Read more on this article.

TSANZSRS Scientific Meeting: call for abstracts

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.

Read more about the annual scientific meeting.

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.

Go to the APNA Education and Career Framework website.

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.

Read more about the research.

Upcoming conferences and events


Australian Respiratory and Sleep Medicine Institute

ResHealth 2016: 2nd International Respiratory
and Sleep Medicine Conference

5–7 August 2016
Adelaide, Australia
More information


International Congress of Immunology

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


Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma 
Occupational Asthma Webinar 

30 August 2016
More information




European Respiratory Society International Congress 2016 
3-7 September 2016
London, United Kingdom
More information


2016 Global Indigenous Men's and Women's Conferences
12-14 September 2016
Adelaide, Australia
More information

14-17 September 2016
Gold Coast, Australia
More information

GP16 - RACGP Conference for General Practitioners 
29 September to 1 October 2016
Perth, Australia
More information

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