Asthma Australia Ltd -
The beginning of a new era!
We are excited to announce the formation of Asthma Australia Ltd, the new national health charity to better serve the current and future needs of people with asthma and their treating health professionals.
Asthma Australia Ltd, is the merger of Asthma Australia and the ACT, NSW, Queensland, South Australian and Victorian state Asthma Foundations, to create a stronger, united, more efficient and effective nation health body.
Asthma currently affects one in nine Australians. As a united charity organisation with national reach, we’ve a tremendous opportunity to deliver expanded services with a greater impact.
Asthma Australia Ltd will work as a more agile and innovative health charity focused on supporting those who matter most - people with asthma.
Check out the media release (DOCX 63.3KB) to learn more.
Why are we merging?
As Asthma Australia and associated State Asthma Foundations, we were working as a range of different entities all seeking to achieve the same thing. It makes sense to consolidate and deploy our resources against our common purpose. In an environment where it is increasingly challenging to raise funds, we can work smarter, remove duplication, and be able to realise opportunities not afforded to smaller entities.
This merger has not been easy to achieve and has required great amounts of courage, conviction and collaboration by the boards and staff involved.
Will there still be state and local asthma support?
Asthma is a lifelong chronic condition that currently affects one in nine Australians. In order to help people achieve clinically significant improvements in their asthma control, the new Asthma Australia Ltd will continue to have State and Territory offices to provide even greater local support through pooling human capital, resources and providing coordinated service delivery.
Will the new Asthma Australia Ltd provide the same asthma services and programs?
Asthma Australia Ltd will continue to deliver highly effective services and programs to people with asthma including:
- 1800 Asthma helpline andThe COACH Program- supporting individuals to more effectively manage their asthma including addressing specific lifestyle risk factors.
Comprehensive online service– information, tips, resources, tools disseminated via website, social media channels, e newsletters.
Community education– delivered to thousands of individuals, and targeted to those who have struggled to access meaningful support.
Asthma first aid training–reaching tens of thousands of staff in schools, childcare and other settings.
National Asthma Research Program– building the evidence base to inform programs, and providing early career grants and PhD scholarships to support next generation of researchers.
However, as a united health charity with national reach we have the opportunity to deliver not only existing but new services with a greater impact.
Will funds raised locally be distributed locally?
Funds raised through grants or sponsorships for local projects and programs will continue to be utilised at a local level. General fundraising will be distributed to support programs and services on a national level to benefit all people with asthma.
How do I contact my local Asthma Australia State and Territory office?
You can continue to use the 1800 ASTHMA Helpline to make contact with your Asthma Australia State and Territory Office. The direct contact details of each State and Territory office are below:
ACT - Unit 12, Health and Wellbeing Hub Corner Eggleston and Maclaurin Crescents, Chifley ACT 2606. T 02 6282 4186
Head Office and New South Wales - Lvl 13, Tower B 799 Pacific Highway, Chatswood NSW 2067. T 02 9906 3233
Queensland – 42 Costin Street, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006. T 07 3252 7677
South Australia - 300 South Rd, Hilton SA 5033. T 08 8238 9300
Victoria – 479-481 King Street, West Melbourne VIC 3003. T 03 9326 7088
Why aren't all the State Asthma Foundations merging?
Asthma Foundations Tasmania, Western Australia, and Northern Territory are not merging into the new Asthma Australia Ltd organisation at this stage and will continue to operate as before. Asthma Australia Ltd will work collaboratively with these independent Foundations to support the delivery of services in their jurisdictions.