Asthma Australia will continue delivering high quality asthma services to Queenslanders, following a funding renewal by the Palaszczuk Government.
Under the Queensland Government Community Self-Care Grant Program, Asthma Australia joins 21 other non-government organisations (NGO) to provide vital support to Queenslanders dealing with difficult or complex health issues.
Asthma, a chronic respiratory condition, is a prevalent health concern affecting 11.9% of Queenslanders and leading to 7,286 hospital admissions in 2014-15, higher than all other jurisdictions.
CEO of Asthma Australia said this grant allowed them to continue delivering asthma support services to improve the lives of Queenslanders living with asthma.
“Our services are designed to provide direct assistance to people with asthma to keep Queenslanders breathing better and out of the hospital system through better self-care.
“We’d like to thank the Palaszczuk Government for supporting people with asthma,” Ms Goldman said.
She said Queensland Health has made a significant investment into the NGO sector placing real value on their role in health promotion and preventative health care services for bettering the health of Queenslanders.
“Organisations like ours are uniquely placed to intrinsically understand the needs of people with chronic illnesses like asthma, and to put forward solutions that are effective. In a sense, we are more adaptable to respond to needs and innovate,” Ms Goldman said.
Asthma Australia provides tailored services to help people with asthma achieve good symptom control, through supporting individuals directly, and advocating for policies and environments which support good asthma management where they live, work and play.
The organisation also places a focus on achieving better clinical adherence for best practice asthma care.
Asthma Australia offers free asthma services and high quality information to the community and to health professionals.
Facts and Stats of Asthma in Queensland
- 486,100 people have asthma.
- Asthma prevalence increased 12% from 2015-2018
- Asthma caused 76 deaths in 2018
- Asthma is one of the top 20 most common reasons for ED presentations in Queensland leading to 11,330 presentations in 2016-17.
- Each ED presentation costs $443 on average.
- Asthma lead to 7,286 hospital admissions in 2014-15.Each uncomplicated hospital admission costs approximately $2,591 versus a complicated visit costing $5,393 (three days)
- Asthma in Australia is the leading disease burden for children and in the top 10 for adults.