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
ASTHMA FIRST AID FOR THE COMMUNITY
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.
ASTHMA FIRST AID FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS
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.
FOCUS ON PAEDIATRIC ASTHMA FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS
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.