In 2017/18 there were nearly 40,000 hospitalisations for asthma. Nearly half (44%) of these were for children aged 0-14 years old.

It is safe to say that a large percentage of these asthma episodes occur during school hours. 

It can be frightening for the person experiencing the asthma flare-up/attack but also for the teaching staff, especially if they do not know Asthma First Aid. 

Our role is to equip you with everything you need to make sure you are prepared for such an incident and that you can safely support people with asthma, in accordance with the Asthma Guidelines for Australian Schools. By following the guidelines, your teaching staff will feel confident with asthma management and trained to handle asthma and allergy emergencies.  

In addition, the students and parents feel supported (by you, the school) and can be assured that their child is safe and their asthma and allergies are known and can be well managed. 

Please also note that we have trained Asthma Educators available via 1800 ASTHMA who are available Monday- Friday 9am- 5pm should you have any questions or require information about how to manage asthma within your school.  

You may also like to register for our free eNewsletter ‘Asthma in Education’ to make sure you receive all the latest asthma information for the education sector.  

Asthma Australia acknowledges the support of the Australian Government’s Asthma Management Program for our work with schools.