At Asthma Australia we are dedicated to finding a cure for asthma and helping the 2.7 million Australians with asthma breathe better everyday.
With this we are taking part in and launching projects to support our vision of a community free from asthma.
See below the different projects and initiatives we currently progressing with around Australia.
Asthma Australia continues to connect with primary, tertiary, and other health organisations around the country to improve access, care, and education via referral pathways and enrolments in the COACH program.
The program enables our COACH team to:
- Understand individual health needs and provide personalised information
- Identify gaps in treatments and provide recommendations based on the Australian Asthma Handbook Guidelines
- Work to achieve personal health goals and good asthma control
- Build a supportive relationship with regular appointments with the same educator and the option to contact them between appointments
- Further education and support that complements an existing General Practitioner and/or specialist asthma care plan
COACH is proving to have a measurable impact on helping people to improve their general health and asthma control.
In partnership with the Lung Foundation, Asthma Australia is funded by the Adelaide Primary Health Network to undertake the Adelaide Respiratory Health Project (ARHP).
The AHRP project aims to increase the capacity and collaboration of general practices and pharmacies in the South Australian local government areas of Onkaparinga and Playford to deliver best practice respiratory care to people with asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. The ARHP commenced in November and will continue for 18 months. The Project will deliver support to the general practices and pharmacies through:
- training in clinical guidelines and other needed areas (e.g. spirometry)
- needs assessments
- use of action plans
- GP management plans
- Quality Use of Medicines activities
- self-management framework use and support.
There will also be a focus on facilitating collaboration and referrals between general practices, pharmacies, and other relevant organisations. A key outcome of the program will be resources, including procedure and process documents, to enable the replication of the project to other services.