Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Ce­cilia Allen

The Asthma Foun­da­tion was in Rock­ing­ham last week with a mis­sion to im­prove peo­ple’s ed­u­ca­tion and un­der­stand­ing about asthma.

More than 15 peo­ple at­tended the fo­rum held at Gary Hol­land Cen­tre to learn more about the con­di­tion.

Asthma Foun­da­tion WA ed­u­ca­tor Kate Green said one in nine peo­ple had asthma.

“We find there is a bit of com­pla­cency; where peo­ple don’t un­der­stand the se­ri­ous­ness of the con­di­tion be­cause maybe it’s so com­mon peo­ple for­get that one Aus­tralian still dies ev­ery day from asthma,” she said.

“The more un­der­stand­ing peo­ple have about the con­di­tion the bet­ter their asthma can be man­aged.”

Ms Green said un­der­stand­ing the con­di­tion, recog­nis­ing it, and know­ing how to treat it; em­pow­ered peo­ple to take con­trol of their asthma and have bet­ter con­ver­sa­tions about the con­di­tion with their doc­tor.

Physio2Breathe phys­io­ther­a­pist Pippa Wind­sor also at­tended the fo­rum and dis­cussed how the way peo­ple breathe could im­pact their ex­pe­ri­ence with asthma.

“We can de­velop habits of breath­ing that can make us feel worse or in some re­spects can ac­tu­ally bring on an asthma flare-up,” she said.

“Our breath­ing is very in tune with our thoughts and if we get anx­ious or if we have a pe­riod of stress we can start to breathe too much or use the wrong mus­cles.

“By teach­ing peo­ple to tune into their breath­ing pat­tern, cor­rect it, and make sure it is nor­mal — that can re­ally help peo­ple with asthma.”

Ms Green said asthma could af­fect peo­ple of any age with symp­toms com­ing and go­ing.

“Symp­toms can go from mild to se­vere and life-threat­en­ing in a mat­ter of min­utes,” she said.

The Asthma Foun­da­tion at­tends the Warn­bro Phar­macy twice a month and peo­ple can book for in­di­vid­ual ses­sions with an asthma ed­u­ca­tor. Asthma Foun­da­tion ser­vices are free and more in­for­ma­tion can be found at asth­maaus­

Pic­ture: Ce­cilia Allen

Asthma Foun­da­tion com­mu­ni­ca­tions and cam­paigns of­fi­cer Ellie Lucy and ed­u­ca­tor Kate Green.

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