The Victorian government is investing $1.788 million over two years to help children living with asthma in Melbourne’s inner west.

An analysis undertaken by the Department of Health, revealed that families and carers can encounter a range of challenges and barriers that come with accessing and navigating the asthma care system.

Six key issues were identified as important to address to reduce these challenges and barriers, whilst enabling consistent, connected and appropriate support and care for inner west families and children with asthma.

These issues were conceived as six projects, being undertaken from mid-2022 through to mid-2023, collectively called the Improving Childhood Asthma Management – Inner West (ICAM) program. Each project is being delivered by the following lead organisations:

1. Improving utility of Asthma Action Plans Asthma Australia
2. Developing clinical practice guidelines for childhood asthma   Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne  
3. Developing and promoting integrated care pathways through the asthma care system  Safer Care Victoria
4. Delivering education for local asthma care providers  National Asthma Council Australia
5. Establishing a community of practice for those involved in the asthma care system  Safer Care Victoria
6. Improving asthma self-management  cohealth 

Improving utility of Asthma Action Plans – Asthma Australia  

We know written Asthma Action Plans are very useful in managing a child’s asthma, however, these plans are sometimes viewed as little more than ‘paperwork’.

This project will increase the use and utility of Asthma Action Plans for managing a child’s asthma, whether at home, school or in the healthcare setting.