Every person with asthma should have an Asthma Action Plan (AAP) in writing. It should be followed every day.
Download National Asthma Council Asthma Action Plan PDF
An AAP provides clear information and instructions for managing your asthma. It includes easy-to-read information about your medications, symptoms and danger signs.
Information in an AAP includes:
- Medications when well
- Medications when not well
- Medications and instructions when getting worse
- Danger signs – when to call an ambulance
AAP are important tools available to assist with asthma self-management. Their effectiveness in reducing the risk of emergency complications is well established.
An AAP is a document recommended by your health professional in case you experience symptoms. To construct an AAP, you should work with your doctor to identify the main two or three signs your asthma symptoms are worsening.
It also sets out the action you might take or support your child with, to address this, and thereby limit the speed and severity with which your symptoms worsen.
Your, or your child’s, AAP should be reviewed and updated yearly, and always in collaboration with you, the person or carer of the person with asthma.