There’s no school holiday for asthma care
6 Dec 18
School might be winding down for the
year, but parents are being advised there is no school holiday for their
child’s asthma care.
Asthma Australia, in partnership with
TerryWhite Chemmart, is launching its 2019 Back To School asthma campaign to
help safeguard families and schools for the start of next year.
Asthma Australia CEO Michele Goldman
said it was vital that children continued with their prescribed asthma
medication over the holidays.
is in every classroom and back to school time is a high-risk period," Ms
start to relax at this time of year but we stress for parents to keep up with
their child’s asthma care.
managed asthma over the holiday period will lower the risk of a flare-up and
give children the best possible start to the school year,” she said.
Back to school asthma is a
well-documented annual phenomenon which sees a spike in childhood asthma
Emergency Department visits, hospitalisations and days off school.
better prepare, parents are also being encouraged to visit their GP to ensure
their child’s Asthma Action Plan is up to date, and to have a spare spacer and
reliever medication ready and labelled for the new school year.
2019 Back To School campaign is also reaching out schools ahead of the holiday
Chemmart CEO Anthony White said all schools will receive a digital asthma
information pack which includes an article to share in their school break-up
have partnered with Asthma Australia over three years to extend the impact of
their great work, and we hope to positively assist schools and families to be
asthma-ready for the new school year,” said Mr White.
further support this wonderful initiative, between the 3rd of
January and 12th of February we’ll be giving out free bag tags and
spacer labels when you speak with your local TerryWhite Chemmart pharmacist
about how to better manage your child’s asthma,” he said.
are also being prompted to arm teachers with training via Asthma Australia’s
free online asthma training course ‘Asthma First Aid Management for Education
Staff’ available at asthmaonline.org.au
highly recommend teachers access the free training platform before the end of
this term to be best prepared for ‘a back to school’ asthma flare-up in their
classroom," said Ms Goldman.
parents, it's highly beneficial to arrange a meeting with your child's new
school teacher before holidays or as soon as school resumes," she said.
the ‘back to school asthma’ phenomenon has been well documented
internationally, the exact cause is not known.
Asthma is the most burdensome disease
for children aged 5-14 years in Australia and has a greater negative impact on
children’s lives than other disease or injury.
affects one in nine Australians with children aged 0 to 14 years making up 51%
of all asthma-related hospitalisations.
more information about asthma and resources for back to school, people can
contact the free 1800 ASTHMA
Helpline (1800 278 462) or visit www.asthmaustralia.org.au
Teresa Vella 07 3252 7677 | 0403 895
Goldman CEO Asthma
Professor, Dr. Paul Robinson
– Staff Specialist, Department of Respiratory Medicine Children’s Hospital
Smythe, mother two
school-aged boys Aiden 9 (asthma) and Patrick 13 located in Warragul, Melbourne.
See a YouTube video of the family here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DOgUCIYBnA
In 2015-16, there were 20,309
hospitalisations for asthma amongst children aged 0-14 years. This accounts for
51.5% of all asthma hospitalisations in 2015-16.
Asthma hospitalisations in children
aged 0-14years in each state and territory per 100,000 population (2011-13).
State or Territory
Yearly asthma hospitalisations per 100,000
Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales
For over 50 years Asthma Australia has
been the leader in asthma health care, research, and support. Asthma Australia
delivers evidence-based preventative health strategies to over 500,000 people
every year and provides support, training, and resources to the primary health
care sector. The organisation funds vital basic science and population health
research contributing to national and international understandings of asthma
and how best to manage the disease.