On Tuesday 5 May, Asthma Australia hosted a free live webinar in recognition of World Asthma Day.
Hosted by Michele Goldman – Asthma Australia CEO, this webinar featured a live panel of health and respiratory experts ready to share information and answer your questions about asthma and COVID-19.



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Our Panel

Michele Goldman

Chief Executive Officer, Asthma Australia Michele Goldman strives for a world free from asthma.

As the Chief Executive Officer of Asthma Australia, she leads the organisation’s mission to provide person-centered healthcare services, education, and training, fund and commission research, and undertake advocacy to reduce harmful impacts and support people to live freely.

She is passionate about driving collaborative approaches to achieve progress and developing partnerships to increase organisational capacity and impact.

In 2017 she was instrumental in bringing together the Asthma Foundations of New South Wales and Queensland, ACT, Victoria and South Australia to form a unified, national body, Asthma Australia.

Ms. Goldman is also a non-executive director of community services provider Jewish Care.

She has a Bachelor of Business and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.



Adjunct Associate Professor Pharmacy Kingsley Coulthard

School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, University South Australia

Professor Kingsley Coulthard is a nationally recognised advocate for equity of access, for children, to safe and effective medicines. His major interests have been respiratory disease, especially asthma and cystic fibrosis.

He commenced his pharmacy career at the Adelaide Children’s Hospital in 1971, working in paediatrics in Australia and overseas until his retirement as Director of Pharmacy at the Adelaide Women’s and Children’s Hospital in 2010.

He remains involved with the practice of pharmacy by doing country locums and also in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate health professionals. He has a long-standing relationship with and is a member of Asthma Australia’s Professional Advisory Council as well as delivers asthma updates on behalf of the National Asthma Council Australia and Pharmacy organisations.


Christine Jenkins

Professor Christine Jenkins

Head of the Respiratory Group at The George Institute for Global Health; Senior Staff Specialist in Thoracic Medicine at Concord Hospital, Sydney; Clinical Professor at University of Sydney; and Professor of Respiratory Medicine at UNSW Sydney

Christine has been a Principal Investigator and has led many clinical trials in airways disease. Her area of research interest is the clinical management of asthma and COPD. She has had major roles in advocacy and leadership for lung health in Australia, previously chairing the National Asthma Campaign, and currently The Lung Foundation of Australia.

Christine is an active clinician and teaches and supervises medical students, physician trainees, and postgraduate students. She has written two books on asthma, one for medical students and one for patients, their families, and carers.


Tim Senior

Dr Tim Senior

GP at the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service in South West Sydney.

Dr Senior works as a GP at the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service in South West Sydney and is a clinical senior lecturer at Western Sydney University. He is the Medical Advisor of the RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and founded the Environmental Impacts in General Practice network in the RACGP NFSI.

He writes on General Practice, the social causes of ill health, and successfully crowdfunded Wonky Health, a column on the Croakey health website, on the health effects of policy decisions. He won the Gavin Mooney memorial essay prize for an article on the language used in climate change campaigning.



Gemma Crawley

Respiratory Nurse and Senior Asthma Educator, Asthma Australia

Gemma Crawley has worked as a Respiratory Nurse at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital for over 20 years. Her background has included working in the acute care setting of respiratory wards and in interventional pulmonology in Australia’s first stand-alone Bronchoscopy Suite.

Gemma has also worked in the areas of general respiratory clinics, pulmonary rehabilitation; the first severe asthma biological administration clinic, and the first scientist and nurse-led continuous positive airway pressure clinic at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

Gemma’s passion is to help those with respiratory disease lead a fuller life.