Asthma Australia recommends three apps to assist people with asthma and their carers. Find out more about why we love each app, how it can help you, and where to download it.
Asthma First Aid App
The Asthma First Aid App is your go-to tool for an asthma emergency. It covers both first aid in the event of an asthma emergency, plus the ability to review each of the four first aid steps. This app is an educational tool developed by Asthma Australia for people with asthma, their families and carers. It provides easy access to the asthma first aid steps in both live and training versions.
The app is perfect for family, friends, school, childcare, sport and recreation and allows you to:
- follow the asthma first aid steps live in ATTACK mode
- learn the asthma first aid steps in training review mode
- review the asthma first aid steps, using a sample of scenarios, in training scenario mode
Kiss my Asthma
The app features:
- access to your Asthma Action Plan
- the ability to track your asthma symptoms, severity and attacks, making it easy to inform your doctor or specialist accurately about your asthma
- mood tracker
- setting goals and receive support from one of the app’s monster assistants
- reminders to take your asthma preventer medications
- Asthma First Aid instructions and emergency contacts
- finding out more about asthma, asthma medications and devices, and managing anxiety
The Kiss My Asthma App, through the Asthma Management Program, received funding from the Australian Government Department of Health.
Menzie’s Asthma App
Learning about asthma has just become a lot easier for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and health practitioners thanks to a new interactive app.
The app, produced by the Menzies School of Health Research’s (Menzies) Child Health Division, uses interactive images, audio, and quizzes to teach people about asthma and are available in eight different languages used in northern and central Australia.
The asthma app is the first of a suite of respiratory-health educational apps called “Lung Health for Kids”.
Languages included in the app include English, Tiwi, Murrinh Patha, Yolngu Matha, Kriol, Ptijantatjara, Western Arrente and Warlpiri. For those interested in having their local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language included, contact the asthma app team via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other recommended apps
If smoke or poor air quality is among your asthma triggers, we recommend downloading the AirRater app.
AirRater is a free, award-winning smartphone app that was developed by a team at the University of Tasmania. The app is designed to help people with asthma, hay fever or other lung conditions to better manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.
AirRater does this by providing easily accessible, real-time and local information on key environmental triggers of asthma, such as bushfire smoke. It also allows you to track symptoms and identify which conditions impact your health. The app will also send you alerts when the air quality is poor, helping you understand when you need to take action.
The app is already available in Tasmania and the ACT, where it is supporting over 10,000 users to better manage their health.
With NT Government funding, it is now freely available across the Northern Territory.