Difficult-to-treat and severe asthma: changing the paradigm

Watch an expert panel in discussion on new therapies, and how to identify and manage difficult-to-treat and severe asthma.

  • Cost: free


This program was joint-funded by AstraZeneca Pty Ltd and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Australia Pty Ltd and managed by VentureWise, a wholly owned commercial subsidiary of NPS MedicineWise. The content has been designed, developed and delivered by NPS MedicineWise with complete independence and editorial control, based on best practice guidelines.




It is recommended that 1 CPD hour be recorded for the purposes of self-directed CPD.



View this webinar for a multidisciplinary discussion on new therapies, and how to identify and manage difficult-to-treat and severe asthma. Our panel of experts discuss:

  • the management of asthma in adults that remains uncontrolled despite treatment with high-dose therapies
  • standardisation of asthma definitions and new evidence-based guidelines
  • advances in the use of targeted, biologic therapies
  • how a systematic and multidisciplinary approach can improve health outcomes in people with difficult-to-treat asthma.

The panel

Professor Helen Reddel is a Research Leader at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, University of Sydney. She is Chair of the Science Committee of the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), a member of the Guidelines Committee for the Australian Asthma Handbook, clinical adviser to the Australian Centre for Airways Disease Monitoring (ACAM), and Visiting Professor at the China-Japan Friendship Hospital, Peking University, Beijing.

Dr H. John Fardy is the Regional Hospital Academic Leader and Clinical Professor with the University of Wollongong's Graduate School of Medicine. He has been part of the National Asthma Council’s GP Asthma Group and the Lung Foundation Australia GP Asthma Group as well as Co-President of the International Primary care Respiratory Group (2002-04).

Dr Juliet Foster is a research psychologist with a special interest in the disease beliefs, treatment attitudes and lived experience of people with asthma, COPD and cystic fibrosis. She is a training specialist in health communication skills for facilitating disease self-management. Dr Foster is outgoing convener for the Primary Care Special Interest Group for the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) and serves on the scientific and education committees of the European Society for Patient Adherence, Compliance and Persistence.

Lesley Vining has over 42 years of experience in nursing and is a nurse expert in asthma. She is a Clinical Nurse Specialist and Asthma Coordinator for Wollongong Hospital and the Illawarra region, and is involved in the Respiratory Support Community. Lesley also works with Asthma Australia to provide clinical support to practice nurses involved in research projects.


Learning outcomes

Participation in this activity will help you:

  • identify patients with difficult-to-treat asthma
  • assess and manage factors that contribute to poor asthma control, including inhaler technique, adherence, comorbidities and triggers
  • identify patient characteristics for severe, high-risk and uncontrolled asthma who may benefit from timely referral to a specialist
  • describe the role of biologic therapies in severe asthma and the rationale for their use
  • describe how a multidisciplinary and systematic approach to patients with difficult-to-treat asthma can improve patient outcomes.