09 Mar Major Changes to Children’s Asthma Management announced
The National Asthma Council Australia has just released (07/03/2019) major updates to Australia’s go-to asthma guides – the Australian Asthma Handbook for primary healthcare professionals and the popular My Asthma Guide for people living with asthma.
“Australia has one of the highest prevalence rates of asthma in the world, and the updated guides are essential in helping people with asthma to breathe well”. National Asthma Council Australia CEO, Siobhan Brophy says
“With approximately 20,000 children hospitalised annually in Australia for asthma, the Handbook updates focus on diagnosing and treating childhood asthma, which can be particularly challenging in young children, and is critical to building healthy lungs for adulthood,” said Ms Brophy.
My Asthma Guide gives parents and carers the practical advice and strategies they need to better understand childhood asthma, how it affects their child and what they can do to maintain good control.
“Given that one in 9 children in Australia has asthma, it’s particularly important that families, carers and teachers have access to the latest information in an easily accessible format. That’s why we’ve highlighted advice for childhood asthma, including the kid’s first aid for asthma protocol, in the new Guide.
“We’re also proud to offer fully downloadable versions of My Asthma Guide in four community languages – Arabic, Chinese, Persian and Vietnamese – making it accessible to even more people living with asthma,” says Ms Brophy.
New additions and updates to the Guide include a handy glossary of common asthma terms; information on thunderstorm asthma, hay fever, and asthma triggers; links to information about asthma medicines including a suite of how-to videos; and instructions on first aid for asthma.
The revision was partially supported by unrestricted educational grants from sponsor GSK Australia however, the National Asthma Council Australia maintained strict editorial independence in developing the Guide.