MARCH 2016
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Older women still most at risk of dying from asthma

We are urging middle-aged and older women with asthma to take action to manage their condition as new ABS data shows that women aged over 55 continue to be most at risk of dying from asthma.

In total, 419 asthma-related deaths were recorded in Australia in 2014, comprising 277 females and 142 males. The overall figure was up slightly from 389 deaths in 2013, probably in line with the ageing population.

Dr Jonathan Burdon AM, our Chairman, said the toll is still a concern, especially for older women with asthma. "Middle-aged women were twice as likely to die from asthma than men, with those over 75 almost three times more likely to die than men of the same age."

More information:

Media Release: Asthma deaths data prompts alert for older women
Latest report: ABS customised report
Information paper: Asthma and the Over 65s

ASCIA updates infant feeding advice and Guidelines for allergy prevention in infants

ASCIA has updated its versions of the infant feeding advice and guidelines for allergy prevention in infants. Intended for patients, consumers and carers both documents aim to provide families in Australia and New Zealand with a summary of evidence based information on infant feeding.

See ASCIA's webpage.

Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma (CRE) to host new webinar

The Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma is hosting a webinar on Stratified Medicines in Severe Asthma on 8 April. Hosted by Professor Liam Heaney from the Queens University Belfast, the webinar will focus on recent advances and highlight major gaps in knowledge and strategies needed to improve the management of severe asthma.

Click to register.

TGA issues advice on autoinjector expiry dates

Recent reports have highlighted expiry date discrepancies on EpiPen adrenaline autoinjector devices and packaging. The TGA has issued a notification on its website urging users to check the expiry date on the actual EpiPen device.

Read the full TGA advice.

Research awards closing soon

Several Lung Foundation Australia research awards covering COPD, lung cancer and idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) are closing soon. The research awards are an excellent opportunity for universities, graduates, PhD students and health professionals interested in pursuing research in lung disease.

See here for more information.

National Medicinewise awards: call for entries

Entries and nominations are now open for the 2016 National Medicinewise Awards, the only awards to recognise contributions to quality use of medicines, medical tests and health technologies. Several award categories are offered and will be presented by NPS Medicinewise at the National Medicines Symposium, Canberra from 19-20 May.

More information

Upcoming conferences and events

April 2016

TSANZSRS Annual Scientific Meeting 
1 - 6 April 2016
Perth, Australia
More information

Caring for Country Kids Conference
17 - 19 April 2016
Alice Springs, Australia
More information

May 2016

APNA National Conference
5 - 7 May 2016
Melbourne, Australia
More information

National Medicines Symposium
19 - 20 May 2016
Canberra, Australia
More information

8th IPCRG World Conference
25 - 28 May 2016
More information
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