Get involved this National Asthma Week!
30 August 2016
Asthma Week is 1 – 7 September 2016, and the Asthma Foundation of WA (AFWA) is encouraging the WA public make the most of the resources that they have on offer to assist the 10% of the population that suffer from asthma.
AFWA offers a number of services to the WA community, the majority of which are free, to ease the burden of living with the respiratory condition.
AFWA Asthma Educators present free asthma education seminars to both individuals, and community and school groups, and ensure correct usage of asthma medication devices.
They are also available to offer asthma advice via a Freecall 1800 ASTHMA (1800 278 462) or email email@example.com during office hours Monday to Friday.
In addition to providing basic asthma education, AFWA Asthma Educators teach comprehensive first aid training including ‘Emergency Asthma Management’ and ‘CPR Training, and are a Registered Training Organisation.’
AFWA offers free asthma clinics at several locations around Perth, working with local medical practices, and visits rural and remote locations to provide asthma education and awareness on a regular basis.
For children, AFWA recently launched an online Kids Club as part of their Telethon funded campaign entitled ‘Manage My Asthma’ via www.managemyasthma.com.au.
This free to join club is for all WA kids aged 5 – 12 years, and presents asthma information and advice in a kid friendly manner, plus has free offers and competitions.
David Johnson, CEO of AFWA said that ‘these services really do go along way to assisting people live well with asthma. Our Asthma Educators are here to help and we want people to access them via phone, email or face to face’.
‘These services compliment our other role of funding local research into asthma’, David said.
AFWA is asking the WA public to share their asthma stories via social media during national asthma week, and to consider having an AFWA fundraising event.
AFWA is a community based not-for-profit organization which has been providing services to the WA community for the past 52 years. AFWA’s main role is to fund local research into asthma, provide education and support services for people with asthma and to train health professionals in the most up to date methods in asthma management.