Asthma Education in The Upper Eyre – South Australia

Funded by the Country SA Primary Health Network

The Upper Eyre Local Health Cluster (UELHC) identified the need in their region of Whyalla, Kimba and Cowell and surrounds for asthma education. Notably, childhood asthma education has been identified as the highest priority by local health care providers. Health care professionals and the community both received three educational sessions as part of the project via webinar.

The aims of the webinar series were to:

  • Increase local community awareness of appropriate management of asthma
  • Increase knowledge of resources available to improve the understanding of asthma management and Asthma Australia services
  • Engage both community members and health care professionals in conversation about effective asthma management in regional South Australia

The following are examples of the feedback:

“.. I learnt so much form these sessions. I have even started using my spacer appropriately.  The stats that were presented were pretty frightening…”UELHC member, webinars’ participant

“…Just wanted to congratulate you on organising last week’s asthma webinars.

I found the one on the Tuesday night in particular, very worthwhile, especially the changes in Asthma Guidelines…”Primary Health Care Nurse

“Thank you for helping to put together a terrific presentation. I have to admit I like Kingsley’s presentations as they are always summarised and relevant. Both presenters were great.” UE, GP Pharmacist

The webinars recordings below engage a number of South Australian based health care professionals who speak about asthma management and first aid in the regional context. These health care providers have a vast experience in regional and remote South Australia but also are high-level representatives of asthma and respiratory-related organisations.

You can view the webinars below

Asthma First Aid for the Community webinar:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/6054726168293415681

Asthma First Aid for Health Professionals webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/5194712362310676748

Focus on Paediatric Asthma for Health Care Professionals: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/2363606260207199248

Asthma First Aid for the Community

About the webinar

Participants are welcomed to join the community focused webinar, where they will learn the basic information about asthma and most commonly used devices’ technique. The asthma trainer will go through steps of the asthma first aid and provide a practical advice on asthma management. Following the asthma first aid session, participants will be introduced to SA specific asthma statistics and information about the Asthma Australia support to people with asthma, their carers and the community.

About the presenters

Ms Susan Stevens

Susan Stevens has over 13 years’ experience providing first aid to community events as well as grass roots, local, national and international sporting events. Cert IV Apply Advanced First Aid, Cert IV Workplace Trainer & Assessor with over 30 years’ experience, Cert IV Recreation & Sport, Cert III Sports Trainer, Accredited Asthma & Anaphylaxis Trainer, Level 2 Sports Trainer. Susan has conducted First Aid, Asthma, Anaphylaxis, Sports Trainer, injury prevention, management and taping courses over many years to a variety of organisations in both Adelaide and regional South Australia.

Ms Veronika Seda (MC)

Veronika Seda is a Projects and Partnerships Officer at Asthma Australia and a registered pharmacist. In her work at Asthma Australia, Veronika promotes collaborative approaches towards better respiratory care and is passionate about working with people with lived experience and vulnerable populations in metropolitan, regional, and remote South Australia. Veronika is also a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, School of Pharmacy.

Asthma First Aid for Health Care Professionals

About the webinar

Health care professionals are welcomed to watch a recording of the webinar, where they will learn the steps of Asthma First Aid, most commonly used devices’ technique and basics about asthma. This session provides a basic information for health care professionals about asthma first aid techniques in the current context. At the end of the session, participants will learn about services and support for health care professionals available from Asthma Australia.

About the presenters

Ms Susan Stevens

Susan Stevens has over 13 years’ experience providing first aid to community events as well as grass roots, local, national and international sporting events. Cert IV Apply Advanced First Aid, Cert IV Workplace Trainer & Assessor with over 30 years’ experience, Cert IV Recreation & Sport, Cert III Sports Trainer, Accredited Asthma & Anaphylaxis Trainer, Level 2 Sports Trainer. Susan has conducted First Aid, Asthma, Anaphylaxis, Sports Trainer, injury prevention, management and taping courses over many years to a variety of organisations in both Adelaide and regional South Australia.

Ms Veronika Seda (MC)

Veronika Seda is a Projects and Partnerships Officer at Asthma Australia and a registered pharmacist. In her work at Asthma Australia, Veronika promotes collaborative approaches towards better respiratory care and is passionate about working with people with lived experience and vulnerable populations in metropolitan, regional, and remote South Australia. Veronika is also a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, School of Pharmacy.

Focus on Paediatric Asthma for Health Care Professionals

About the webinar

The webinar aims to deliver an up to date information about current asthma management in primary care in South Australian regional context. Health care professionals are provided with latest information about new guidelines, diagnosis of asthma in children, asthma control and will receive a practical information and tips from locally practising primary health care professionals. Further, the webinar explores information on dosing schemes and stepwise asthma management in both adults and children as well as opportunities for improvement of care such as step down approach, wise use of OTC SABA inhalers, followed by practical tips, tools and learnings from Asthma Australia.

Dr Kerry Hancock

Dr Kerry Hancock is a general practitioner in outer metropolitan Adelaide, South Australia and has over 30 years of experience in clinical practice. She is a member of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Australian Medical Association. Kerry has a special interest in general practice based respiratory medicine and has strong affiliations with Asthma Australia, the National Asthma Council of Australia, Lung Foundation Australia, and the International Primary Care Respiratory Group. Active participation with these organisations has enabled her extensive involvement in the development of national primary care focused respiratory management guidelines and other educational activities and tools to assist GPs in the management of their patients with asthma and/or COPD. Kerry is also involved in teaching undergraduate and post graduate medical students, nursing staff and pharmacists. She has also been conferred with the RACGP Honorary Fellowship.

A/Prof Kingsley Coulthard

A/Prof 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 and Pharmacy organisations.

Ms Veronika Seda (MC)

Veronika Seda is a Projects and Partnerships Officer at Asthma Australia and a registered pharmacist. In her work at Asthma Australia, Veronika promotes collaborative approaches towards better respiratory care and is passionate about working with people with lived experience and vulnerable populations in metropolitan, regional, and remote South Australia. Veronika is also a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, School of Pharmacy.

Asthma Australia would like to thank the Upper Eyre Local Health Cluster and the Country SA PHN for the opportunity to provide evidence-based asthma education to the regional SA community and health care professionals.