MARCH 2015

Asthma and COPD Medications wall chart updated

We are delighted to announce that our updated Asthma and COPD Medications wall chart is here. This popular resource shows the main asthma and COPD medications available in Australia and is a handy education tool to help with identification and explanation of different treatments.

The updated version reflects the recent developments in respiratory medicine, with almost one-third of the included medications having come onto the market within the past 2 years. Publication of the chart was supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Novartis; we retained full editorial control.
  • You can download a copy of the of the wall chart from our website.
  • A2 poster-sized print copies can be ordered from your local Novartis representative or through our online ordering system.

National Asthma Strategy 2016–2020 progress

A big thanks to all those in our health professional community who completed the National Asthma Strategy preliminary stakeholder survey. We received hundreds of responses from health professionals and other stakeholders who had something to say about asthma in Australia and they were a wonderful reflection of the insight, expertise and compassion of the Australian asthma community.

Spirometer Users' and Buyers' Guide updated

Updated with the latest product details for 2015, the Spirometer Users' and Buyers' Guide provides a summary of the specifications, features and suppliers of the main spirometers on the Australian market, plus general information about the measurement and application of spirometry in the primary care clinical setting.

Volunteers wanted for groundbreaking asthma prevention study

The Queensland Children's Medical Research Institute (QCMRI) is looking for families to to take part in a world-first asthma prevention trial of OM-85, an immunostimulant that is showing promising signs in the prevention asthma in children, and would like to hear from expecting or new mothers from high-risk families that have a history of persistent asthma. Do you have patients that fit this description?

Less pollution, better lung function

Recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine, a 20 year study in what was once the the smog capital of the world, Los Angeles, demonstrated how the city's improving air quality has led to improved lung function in children.




TSANZSRS Annual Scientific Meeting
The Annual Scientific Meeting for Leaders in Lung Health and Respiratory Science
27 March – 1 April, 2015
Gold Coast, Australia
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Sleep and Breathing Conference
The 3rd international conference of the European Respiratory Society (ERS) and the European Sleep Research Society (ESRS)
16–18 April, 2015
Barcelona, Spain
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Australasian Asthma Conference
Connecting Asthma Care: Consumer, Health Professional, and Systems
4–5 May, 2015
Brisbane, 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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