Thunderstorm Asthma Community Education Sessions 2017
The thunderstorm of Monday, 21 November 2016 triggered an unprecedented thunderstorm asthma event in metropolitan Melbourne and Geelong. It caused significant demand on both Ambulance Victoria and hospital emergency departments and sadly may have contributed to nine lives being lost.
The Victorian Government has allocated $15.56 million in the 2017-18 state budget to ensure Victorians are ready for any future thunderstorm asthma events. The funding will allow for education and engagement campaigns to help communities prepare and respond to epidemic thunderstorm asthma and research the gaps in understanding the phenomena in greater depth.
The aim of the campaign is to ensure that Victorians can:
- recognise and respond;
- be prepared; and
- be able to access information
The Asthma Foundation of Victoria has been funded by the Department of Health and Human Services to deliver an Epidemic Thunderstorm Asthma Community Education and Support Program. This includes the delivery of more than 100 Thunderstorm Asthma Community Education Sessions across 18 regions of metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.
These free community sessions can be attended by anyone, and will cover the following topics:
- What is Thunderstorm Asthma
- Who is at risk of Thunderstorm Asthma
- How do you respond to a thunderstorm event
- How to perform asthma First Aid
- The link between asthma and hay fever
The Asthma Foundation of Victoria will be working with a range of key stakeholders to ensure as many people as possible can attend these sessions.
To book your place in a session please click HERE or contact the Asthma Foundation of Victoria directly on 1800 ASTHMA (1800 278 462).
For more information about thunderstorm asthma please visit:
Session calendar coming soon - September 2017
Supported by the Department of Health and Human Services (Vic).
Images: Developed by the Department of Health and Human Services (Vic)