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AUGUST 2015

Help shape the National Asthma Strategy 2016 - 2020

We are proud to be leading development of the new National Asthma Strategy with a wide range of people and organisations interested in how Australia tackles the challenge of asthma.

The Strategy is our national plan for reducing the impact of asthma on individuals, the community and the economy – taking Australia to the next stage of improvement in asthma health outcomes and research endeavours.

Public consultation is now open on the draft Strategy. We invite you to review the draft Strategy and provide feedback via our online survey. The Survey closes Monday 24 August.

Download the draft Strategy                 

Does your car have a cabin air filter?

Major car companies need to improve driver and passenger air quality

In 2013, we looked at whether or not leading new car models sold in Australia had cabin air filters and, if so, what type. A surprising number of car models did not have optimal cabin air filtration.

With almost two years having passed, we’ve checked Australia’s seven top selling car models over the first six months of 2015 to see if anything has changed.

Read our report here

New Asthma App for kids - making learning fun

Wellapets have worked with asthma specialists at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital to develop an educational game for children with asthma. This fun, interactive game helps children learn how to manage their asthma by caring for a pet that also has asthma. It includes activities that show:
  • How to use their inhalers properly
  • How to recognise asthma symptoms and triggers
  • What are the best ways to avoid these triggers
For more information, and to download the app, visit the iOS or
Android app stores.
    

Celebrating Healthy Bones Week 3 - 9 August

Healthy Bones Action Week calls on Australians of all ages to take the three actions to build and maintain healthy bones:
  • Increase daily serves of calcium through milk, cheese or yoghurt;  
  • Go for a walk or commit to some new form of regular exercise; and
  • Spend time outdoors to get more vitamin D.

Osteoporosis is one of the least-discussed, under-diagnosed and under-treated diseases in Australia, yet poor bone health affects 2 in 3 Australians over 50 years, including a growing number of men.

You are never too young, or old, to act when it comes to protecting your bones. For more information visit the Healthy Bones Action Week website.

How do I get my teenager to take their asthma medication?

'Convincing teenagers the benefits of taking their asthma medications can be a challenge! Roz Scholz, Asthma Educator and mother, shares her tips about talking with your teenager.'

More videos from Asthma Foundation Victoria are available here

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