||15-17 October 2017
||Convention Centre, Adelaide, South Australia
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Connecting Asthma Care: Consumer, Health Professional, and Systems
There is a perception, in community and health professional circles, that asthma is no longer a significant health problem. Whilst the development of new medications and treatment regimens has produced significant reductions in asthma morbidity and mortality over the last 50 years, most asthma related deaths in Australia remain preventable.
The strategies to improve the health of people with asthma are well known and include patient factors such as medication and compliance, inhaler technique, asthma action plans and understanding triggers. Similarly health professionals need to conduct annual reviews, prescribe appropriate medications, update asthma action plans, and assist the patient to use their inhaler correctly.
However a preventative approach towards asthma self-management is seldom reported by patients, with many experiencing daily symptoms, struggling with medication use and adherence, and feeling ill-informed and disempowered about their condition. Similarly there is ample evidence of health professional non adherence to best practice guidelines.
While there is potential for improved asthma management at the level of patients and health professionals more research is needed to understand how to bring about changes in self management behavior and professional practice. However optimal asthma management should not be solely the responsibility of patients and health professionals.
There are potentially powerful structural approaches that can be adopted within health systems that facilitate the efforts of patients and health professionals to better manage asthma. There needs to be a collaborative and coordinated effort between patients, carers, health professionals, community groups policy makers, and the health care system. The evidence suggests that when these participants work together in concert, the best health gains will result.
Collaborative care models are critical in ensuring a patient’s interaction with the health care system is linked between different levels of care, enabling appropriate case management and systematic follow-up. However, structural barriers continue to burden the health care system thereby impacting on the quality of care received by patients.
The 2015 Asthma Australia Connecting Asthma Care Conference will bring together key national and international researchers, practitioners and policy makers to explore these issues. We hope that you enjoy hearing about some of the latest developments, catching up with professional colleagues, and learning about the programs and services available from Asthma Australia, Asthma Foundations, and our key partners and stakeholders.
Mark Brooke, CEO, Asthma Australia and Co-Chair, Conference Coordinating Committee
Dr Peter Anderson, Chair, Conference Scientific Committee