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Asthma Foundation SA calls for discussions on how the health system in South Australia can best prepare for, and respond, to the needs of people with asthma.

3 December 2016

Asthma Australia last night released early online survey data following the thunderstorm asthma event in Melbourne.

Asthma Foundation SA will work closely with Asthma Australia on a national approach to best support people with asthma.

Asthma Foundation SA’s Health Services Manager, Jo Williams says “South Australia has the highest rate of preventable hospital admissions from asthma in the country. We are currently funding research into why this is, and we urge SA Health to meet with us and discuss how the health system can best prepare for, and respond, to the needs of people with asthma.”

People with asthma have sensitive airways in their lungs which react to triggers, causing a ‘flare-up’.

Everyone’s asthma is different, and everyone has different triggers.

Triggers might be something that you:

  • Catch (cold or flu);
  • Breathe in (cold air, humidity, allergens, irritants, smoke);
  • Feel (strong emotions, reflux);
  • Do (exercise/physical activity);
  • Eat/drink/take (foods/additives, medication, alternative therapies); or
  • Use (latex).

Everyone with asthma should have an Asthma Action Plan prepared by their doctor to ensure their asthma is well controlled, and if it flares up they know what to do.

There is currently no evidence to suggest that a specific asthma rating could work for all people with asthma due to the individual nature of asthma triggers.


For media enquiries, please contact:

Asthma Foundation SA
Samantha Forbes - 08 8238 9300 –

Asthma Australia media enquiries
Annette Stenhouse – 0416 861 732

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