11 Mar National Asthma Council Australia releases major update to Asthma handbook
Australia has a high rate of asthma compared to other countries around the world, with one in nine Australians, 2.7 million people, experiencing the disease. The National Asthma Council’s National guidelines for asthma management (the guidelines) is a key resource that assists GPs to treat and manage asthma in consultations. An updated Australian Asthma Handbook for healthcare professionals and the My Asthma Guide for people with the condition was released on Friday at the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in Melbourne.
The most important updates and changes are divided into five main areas:
- Revision of the guidance of the management of asthma in children
- Removing the recommendations about asthma in children under 12 months
- Changes in management of acute asthma
- Updates to the section on severe asthma
- Investigating the evidence for primary prevention of asthma
Furthermore, the revised edition includes information on thunderstorm asthma, hay fever, and asthma triggers, links about medications and instructions on first-aid for the condition.
To read the guidelines visit: https://www.asthmahandbook.org.au/