ASTHMA NEWS FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
Our new online community for parents of kids with asthma
To help celebrate National Asthma Week earlier this month, we have launched The Asthma Experts, a new online social community for parents of kids with asthma.
Our new initiative provides your patients with simple, easy to understand information on asthma and its management including triggers, medications, action plans and device use. Featuring professional tips from doctors, nurses and pharmacists, The Asthma Experts is the go to online source for information designed to help Australian kids breathe easier.
"Asthma is commonly overlooked or misdiagnosed in adults. Adult-onset asthma differs from asthma that first occurs in childhood as it is less well controlled, more likely to be non-atopic and associated with a faster decline in lung function."
Dr. Jonathan Burdon's recent article in Australian Family Physician (August 2015) provides an excellent overview of adult-onset asthma. Dr. Burdon is a respiratory physician and Chairman of the National Asthma Council Australia.
Designed and facilitated by nurses this two day workshop is intended to give an overview of the knowledge and key skills required by a nurse transitioning into general practice. General practice nursing is a different and unfamiliar environment to other areas of nursing practice. The foundation program is planned to provide an understanding of roles, responsibilities and skills necessary for nurses working in the primary health/general practice environment.
GP15, the RACGP Conference for General Practice, is on in Melbourne next week. Associate Professor Lisa Wood is presenting a session on our behalf on ‘Diet, obesity and asthma: evidence-based advice on healthy eating for asthma’. Come along to hear the latest evidence on good dietary habits for asthma, with a focus on recent research into beneficial and detrimental effects of eating certain foods, as well as strategies for achieving weight loss in obese people with asthma. Presented with support from Dairy Australia.
Forecast high pollen levels in the air this spring in some states could leave up to seven million Australians who suffer from allergy (including hay fever and conjunctivitis) struggling with sneezing, watery eyes, a running nose and an itchy throat.