Asthma: unlocking inhaler technique

Course for pharmacists, nurses


The majority of patients do not use their asthma inhaler device correctly. This can lead to insufficient drug delivery to the airways that is associated with poor asthma control.

While appearing straightforward, the correct use of an inhaler involves a series of steps, all of which need to be performed accurately to ensure the right amount of medicine is delivered with minimal adverse effects. Health professionals play a key role helping patients and customers use their asthma inhaler correctly.

This online module assists health professionals to engage their patients and customers  in a guided conversation about their inhaler technique and demonstrate correct technique using a specific methodology.

Learning outcomes

Participants in this activity will become more confident in their ability to:

  • engage with customers/patients when checking asthma inhaler device technique,
  • provide skill instruction according to a fixed methodology,
  • demonstrate the correct technique for a range of asthma inhaler devices.

CPD and incentives


It is recommended that 30 minutes be recorded for the purposes of self-directed CPD.


This activity is endorsed by ACN according to our Continuing Professional Development Endorsed Course Standards. It has been allocated 1 CPD hour according to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia – Continuing Professional Development Standard.


This activity is recognised for theQuality Prescribing Incentive of the Practice Incentives Program cycle (1 May to 30 April).