Asthma Australia is partnering with Clubs Tasmania to create a statewide network of Asthma Smart Clubs, with the support of the Tasmanian Department of Sport and Recreation, by providing asthma education and emergency kits for every club in the state.
Asthma Australia and Clubs Tasmania share a vision for promoting healthy communities, in particular, supporting the health and wellbeing of children and young people to develop health for life.
By working in partnership with local organisations who are the lifeblood of towns and neighbourhoods around Tasmania, Asthma Australia and Clubs Tasmania aim to create an asthma smart clubs sector statewide that will support people with asthma in their own community to live feely and participate fully in social and physical activities – helping their health, wellbeing and social connection.
Asthma Australia Project Coordinator Jess Tyler says, “To meet our shared vision, asthma Australia and Clubs Tasmania are planning to deliver first aid education and to place first aid resources in every club room in Tasmania.
“We want Tasmania’s clubs to be aware of asthma symptoms and management amongst their sporting club staff and volunteers to better support players and club members with asthma to participate safely and fully.”
According to Club Tasmania’s Tom Darke, “Being active is integral for children of all ages to ensure they are happy and healthy, and sporting clubs provide a key social connection for so many people.”
“We are proud to be partnering with Asthma Australia to provide education to members of community sporting clubs around the symptoms and how to manage conditions related to asthma.
“Studies have shown participating in physical activity and playing sport can actually have benefits for asthma sufferers, and by equipping our clubs with the right information we are benefiting the entire sector.”
Two elements will be provided under the Initiative:
- Asthma First Aid Education: Our in-person course provides club administrators, coaches, trainers and instructors and volunteers with up-to-date information on asthma and its management within the sports setting. Most importantly, sports club volunteers will be trained in the national protocol for the first aid treatment of an asthma attack.
- Asthma Emergency Kits: Asthma Australia’s Asthma Emergency Kit contains the latest first aid information and instructions, medication, spacers and children’s masks for optimal medication delivery and incident log sheets to help with administration and record-keeping.
This project is being delivered in partnership with Clubs Tasmania and is supported by funding from the Tasmanian Department of Sport and Recreation.
“The Tasmanian Government recognises the great work that Asthma Australia does in educating communities and promoting the benefits of physical activity and other positive behaviours,” says the Minister for Sport & Recreation, the Hon Nic Street.
“Asthma Smart Clubs is a terrific initiative to fulfil the educational goals and aspirations of Asthma Australia in the Tasmanian community clubs sector.”
Media invited to attend the launch at:
Venue: The Domain Tennis Centre
Address: 2 Davies Avenue Queens Domain
Time: 11:30am, Friday 30 June 2023
Speakers: Asthma Australia and Clubs Tasmania
Contact: Jess Tyler Asthma Australia (Tasmania) 0408 298 292
If you’d like to learn more about Asthma Australia’s Asthma Smart Clubs Initiative, arrange an interview or local case study, please contact Jess Tyler Asthma Australia TAS or Corrine Barraclough, Media & PR Manager at email@example.com or 0435 346 822.