Thun­der­storm asthma tools

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THE Na­tional Asthma Coun­cil of Aus­tralia has re­leased a handy flow­chart for phar­ma­cists as a tool to iden­tify and ad­vise at-risk pa­tients on thun­der­storm asthma.

The flow­chart is one of a suite of sup­port­ive re­sources for health pro­fes­sion­als in prepa­ra­tion for the up­com­ing grass pollen sea­son.

The new re­sources in­clude an in­for­ma­tion pa­per on the causes, pre­ven­tion and treat­ment of thun­der­storm asthma, an up­dated in­for­ma­tion pa­per on manag­ing al­ler­gic rhini­tis in peo­ple with asthma, and a handy flow­chart for phar­ma­cists to iden­tify and ad­vise at-risk pa­tients.

Na­tional Asthma Coun­cil Aus­tralia spokesper­son and phar­ma­cist Dr Jenny Gowan said the thun­der­storm event last year was a timely reminder for phar­ma­cists and phar­macy staff to refresh their knowl­edge on ev­i­dence-based best prac­tice of asthma and al­ler­gic rhini­tis.

Free work­shops, a we­bi­nar series and on­line learn­ing mod­ules are also be­ing made avail­able at na­tion­alasthma.org.au.

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