At Asthma Australia, we work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders to achieve a better future for people with asthma: government, medical networks, researchers, industry, the private sector, consumers, people with asthma themselves and their carers.
For all those affected directly by this lifelong disease, we educate and train health professionals, the community and people with asthma.
It means we are always striving to achieve the best possible outcomes, investigating and researching how to improve the prevention of, and treatments for, asthma as we remain hopeful for a cure in the future.
We are engaged with our communities and thank our Professional Advisory Council and our Consumer Advisory Council for their input into our strategy. Our advocacy is diverse. We give expert advice to governments, health departments, medical facilities, and other affiliated health and community networks. We conduct reviews, research and analysis of priority issues and develop submissions into public policy to create communities where it easier for people to manage their asthma. And we lead campaigns for change if it is required.
Our consumer engagement strategy and organisational health literacy initiatives inform our consumer support services which provide individuals and their carers with the knowledge, skills and resources to manage their asthma and achieve their health goals.
Asthma Australia is raising awareness of the importance of quality asthma first aid protocols, especially in schools, early learning centres, sporting clubs and workplaces. Asthma Australia wants commitments to have reliever inhalers in first aid kits across these areas.
Asthma Australia is working to reduce avoidable presentations to hospital and improve the lives of people with asthma. This requires action across community, primary and hospital health systems.
We collaborate with policymakers, government and the health system to raise awareness of and influence evidence-based best practice for people with asthma. Then we advocate for the best policies in support of these practices in Australia.
Our aim is to maintain and grow government funding around the country, so all people receive optimal services, regardless of their background and where they live.
Asthma Australia is committed to helping all people with asthma to breathe, regardless of where they live and their socioeconomic status.
For medical professionals and health systems, we want people to use Australia’s world–class treatment guidelines. Where there are obstacles, we want to reduce them.
We want to see holistic and guidelines based care provided for all people with asthma, at each point where a person seeks support for their asthma.
We lead improved discharge procedures that connect with community-based education and services. This reduces the risk of further flare-ups and emergency department re-presentation.
Asthma Australia acknowledges that what determines a person’s health and ability to manage their asthma in not limited to just their own biology and behaviour, but also the impact of their physical environment and the social environment in which they live.
This means we don’t just support change in the health system. We seek change across other sectors which can influence health status, such as housing, education and employment sectors.
Asthma Australia is seeking to engage fire authorities and health services about the negative impacts of hazard-reduction burns.
We acknowledge planned and controlled burns are important for the safety of the community and the sustainability of our forests. But we are compelled to challenge the status quo so we can reduce the serious impact on the lives and wellbeing of people with asthma exposed to air pollution from these burns. For people with asthma, they can be deadly.
Inhalation of allergens and other substances (particulate matter [PM] and noxious gas [nitrogen and sulphur dioxide, ozone]) within the air we all breathe is one of the most common things associated with asthma prevalence and asthma complications. There is no safe level of airborne particulate matter or noxious gas. The negative health impact of these chemicals begins at low concentrations and increases in severity the higher they get. Asthma Australia recognises its role in seeking change on behalf of all people who breathe our air, and in this case, what’s better for asthma is going to be better for everybody. Further, we believe that Australia should be the leader in great air quality, the ethical and legal standards to protect the vulnerable from their effects and the innovative approaches to keeping them as good as possible.
To that end Asthma Australia has submitted its recommendations on the review of the National Environment Protection Measure, Ambient Air Quality (AAQ) standards; Ozone (O3), Sulphur Dioxide (SO2) and Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2). You can read our recommendations here.
Asthma Australia supports research into the causes, prevention and treatments for asthma. Asthma Australia has reimagined its historic research program design this year. Improvements include the expansion of the accepted definition of research to include many forms of investigation, use of information, data and the environment to better understand and work towards solutions. Concepts of social innovation including human centred co-design are examples of where we’re taking a lead in new thinking to solve old problems.
We want to lead a new way forward for people with asthma.
Working in collaboration, our strategic research program is:
- Investigating factors which could result in primary and secondary prevention of asthma
- Developing solutions, supports and treatments for people vulnerable to asthma and likely to experience worse outcomes
- Investigating and addressing the asthma-related health impact of our changing environment
- Investigating models of care and models of support around the person with asthma
- Investing in research translation and influencing national research and health policy on behalf of the person with asthma
It’s not all about research. We collect and manage data and keep up with the latest in population health outcomes. We’re constantly sharpening our analysis of the asthma environment and ensuring our own programs and services are achieving what we set out to achieve, through evaluations and continuous quality improvement.