For many people in Australia with asthma or hayfever, August to March and with some grasses up to May, (or the dry season in tropical areas) is a challenging time.
At these times of the year, there is often an increased amount of pollen in the air, that can make life uncomfortable or lead to hospitalisation.
To help you manage your asthma and allergies during this time, we encourage the use of pollen monitoring to ensure you are prepared. To make it easy for you, we have compiled the available pollen monitoring apps and websites for each state and territory and put them in one place, see below.
Adelaide Pollen Count
The Asthma Australia Adelaide Pollen Count will start reporting on daily grass pollen and other pollens in the air from September 14th, to help support those who suffer from seasonal allergies and asthma.
The partnership between Asthma Australia, the University of Adelaide, and the AusPollen Aeroallergen Collaboration Network headed up by the Queensland University of Technology will give people in Adelaide a report on the past 24hrs each day. Read more about Adelaide Pollen Count here.
Adelaide Pollen Count samples are collected each day at 9 am, counted in the laboratory, and reported daily at 11 am.
Data provided by The University of Adelaide Pollen Monitoring Site managed by WayCott and affiliated with AusPollen Aerobiology Collaboration Network.
The AusPollen pollen forecast monitors levels of airborne grass pollen across the ACT, New South Wales, Queensland , Victoria, and Tasmania and provides allergy and asthma patients with accurate, relevant, localised information on pollen counts.
Visit their website here for relevant information in your state/territory, or take a look at the pollen count update below, noting that some states start monitoring in different months due to seasonal changes in that particular state.
Melbourne Pollen Count
Please find below the pollen forecast or Melbourne, noting that it will not commence until October this year:
Canberra Pollen Count
Sydney Pollen Count
The Sydney pollen forecast will not commence until October 1 this year.
Brisbane Pollen Count
The Brisbane pollen forecast will not commence until November this year.
Other websites and apps
AirRater is a free, award-winning smartphone app developed by the University of Tasmania. The app is designed to help people with asthma, hay fever, or other lung conditions to better manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.
AirRater provides easily accessible, real-time, and local information on pollen and allows you to track symptoms and identify which conditions affect your health. The app also sends alerts when the pollen is high or air quality is poor – helping you understand when you need to take action.
The app is freely available across Tasmania, the ACT, and the Northern Territory and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play. For more information, visit www.airrater.org.
VicEmergency is a centralised website for Victorians to find emergency information and warnings. The website has a real-time map display with incidents across the state including thunderstorm asthma warnings.
Visit the website or download the mobile app.
For pollen monitoring in Victoria, you may like to save this Melbourne Pollen page as one of your favourites.
If you do not see your state or territory listed, it is likely there isn’t one available and therefore we ask you to be vigilant and prepared when it comes to your asthma and allergies.