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August 2018
Asthma News for Health Professionals
National Asthma Week 2018
National Asthma Week is only a few days away! If you would like some resources to get your practice or pharmacy ready, take a look at the links below:
You can also print and order health professional resources such as asthma action plans, information papers and our asthma and COPD medications chart in our online shop.
New Thunderstorm Asthma Training Sessions
We will be delivering six free educational workshops on thunderstorm asthma for health professionals throughout metropolitan Melbourne in September.

The workshops are aimed to help general practitioners, pharmacists, asthma educators and practice nurses upskilling and preparing their practices before the upcoming spring season. Contact your local Primary Health Network to register. See the release below for dates.
Read the media release
PBS changes for combination therapy
Changes to the PBS restrictions of some respiratory medicines came into effect on 1 August 2018.
 
In summary, the PBS changes are:
  • ICS/LABA – Restriction level being elevated from Restricted Benefit to Authority Required (Streamlined)
  • LAMA/LABA – Addition of clinical criteria to the current restrictions, allowing their use in patients who have not been previously stabilised on a combination of LAMA and LABA medicines, but who have failed to have their symptoms controlled by either
  • For all COPD (and asthma ICS/LABA) medicines – Administrative advice (or ‘Notes’ as they appear on the PBS website) updated as per recommendations made by the PBAC in August 2017.
Read more about the PBS changes here
New AIHW paper on surveillance for respiratory epidemics
This report outlines the content of a 2017 workshop on developing a national surveillance approach for respiratory epidemics. It covers advice as well as issues for further consideration arising from the workshop’s diverse stakeholders, including our CEO, Siobhan Brophy. The paper is intended as a resource for policy makers, hospital administrators, clinicians, researchers and peak organisations.
Download the paper here
National Strategic Action Plan for Lung Conditions
Lung Foundation Australia is developing the first National Strategic Action Plan for Lung Conditions through funding from the Australian Government Department of Health.

This action plan will be developed in consultation with an Advisory Group and is due for submission in early December. It will influence future decision making and resource allocation for the next 2-5 years to improve the lives of all Australians through better lung health.
Further info on the National Strategic Action Plan for Lung Conditions
Upcoming conferences and events
September 2018

ASCIA (Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy) 2018 Conference
When: 4 - 8 September, 2018
Where: National Convention Centre, Canberra
More informationwww.ascia2018.com

November 2018

ERS Respiratory Updates - free online registration for virtual delegates.
When: Friday, 2 November 2018.
More information: 
January 2019

6th International Workshop on Lung Health
When: 17 - 19 January, 2019
Where: Nice, France
More information: lung-health.org/2019
 
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