Asthma

Asthma

Find reliable independent health and treatment information about asthma written by Australian experts. This includes resources for consumers and health professionals.

About asthma

Asthma is a chronic (long-term) inflammatory disease of the airways — the tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs.

Asthma affects people of all ages, with around 1 in 10 Australian adults and children (2 million people) having the condition. It is about 1.6 times more common among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people than for other Australians.

Many Australian adults and children are not achieving good asthma control. See your doctor if you often experience asthma symptoms and need to use your reliever medicine on more than 2 days per week.

Read about the possible causes and triggers of asthma, how the condition is diagnosed, and the medicines available to treat it.

Having an up-to-date written Asthma Action Plan can help you to manage your symptoms and recognise worsening asthma.

Learn about inhaler devices and the importance of correct inhaler technique.

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For health professionals  

Patients should be educated in correct inhaler technique at every opportunity. Do not assume a patient ‘knows’ how to use their inhaler device correctly. Having an up-to-date written Asthma Action Plan can also help patients to manage their symptoms and recognise worsening asthma.

Poor asthma control increases the risk of flare-ups requiring oral corticosteroids, hospitalisation or emergency department visits.1,2 Many adults and children are not achieving good asthma control defined as the need to use reliever medicine 2 times a week or less.3

Our CPD activities

Consolidate your knowledge on asthma, brush-up on current guidelines and practices, and earn CPD points through our learning activities.

For your patients

Use the following tools and resources in your patient consultations.

Clinical information

The information below uses the latest guidelines and evidence to help health professionals further understand the issues around asthma management and diagnosis. It also includes tools and resources to help educate patients and carers.

Other tools and resources

References
  1. Australian Centre for Asthma Monitoring. Asthma in Australia 2011. Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2011. [Online] (accessed 29 November 2013)..
  2. Zeiger RS, et al. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol 2012;108:81–7. [Pubmed]
  3. Australian asthma handbook. Melbourne: National Asthma Council Australia, 2014. [Online] (accessed 4 March 2014).

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