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Wake Up Call For Women as Asthma Death Toll Released
Thursday, 04 July 2013 01:21

Wake Up Call For Women As Asthma Death Toll Released

New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics has revealed that Australian women are most at risk of dying from asthma, with 263 females dying from the condition in 2011 - more than double the number of males.  In total, 378 deaths were recorded affecting 263 females and 115 males.  The majority of deaths occured in those aged 45 years and over, with women outstripping men in every 10 year age bracket from 45 upwards.

The greatest number of deaths occurred in those aged over 75 years with 226 deaths recorded (167 females and just 59 males.  In contrast to this, there were only 13 deaths in the 25 and under age group.  Overall the asthma death toll dropped by 38, compared with 2010 data.

While this figure marks an encouraging decrease in teh overall annual asthma death toll and a positive decline in both male fatalities and deaths amongst younger Australians, the National Asthma Council Australia is warning there is no room for complacency.

New Australian Asthma Information Papers Released
Thursday, 04 July 2013 01:16

New Australian Asthma Information Papers Released

The latest up to date asthma information papers for health professionals are now available from the National Asthma Council Australia.  Titles include:

  • Asthma & Allergy
  • Asthma & Healthy Living
  • Asthma & Wheezing in the First Years of Life
  • Asthma and the Over 65's
  • Asthma & Lung Function Tests
  • Asthma & Complementary Therapies

A new series of asthma information brochures covering the above topics are also available for patients, carers and parents and are available  to download free from the NACA website.  To overcome the communications barriers often experienced with patients from non-English speaking backgrounds, the NACA has translated its entire library of new patient resources into Chinese, Arabic, Korean, Vietnamese and Spanish.

Victorian Respiratory Network Professional Development Day
Thursday, 04 July 2013 01:08

Victorian Respiratory Network Professional Development Day

As the Australian Asthma and Respiratory Educator's Association (AAREA) ceased operation on 30 June this year, the Lung Health Promotion Centre together with the National Asthma Council Australia have formed an exciting coalition, the Victorian Respiratory Network.  This will enable ongoing professional development and networking opportunities for health professionals working in the respiratory field within Victoria.  To this end we have organised a professional development day on Monday 25 November.

Topics will include Asthma Mortality in the 21st Century, Breathing Pattern - Disorders and Asthma, TB Update, Asthma During Pregnancy, Recent Developments in Compensation for Asbestos Related Sufferers and more.  A day not to be missed and a great opportunity to catch up with friends and colleagues.

The day is to be held at The Alfred, Melbourne.  For further information contact us on (03) 9076 2382.

Effect of Diet on Asthma
Thursday, 14 March 2013 01:53

A recent review of research findings from the third phase of the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) by Ellwood et al; has revealed a link between certain foods and either an increase or a decrease in the risk of developing asthma.

In the child and adolescent group studied, consumption of fresh fruit three times per week or more frequently was found to have a potential protective effect on severe asthma.  Conversely there was found to be a potential increased risk of severe asthma in those of this group who consumed fast food greater than three times per week.  If the association between fast foods and the symptom prevalence of asthma, rhinoconjunctivitis and exzema is casual, then the findings have major public health significance owing to the rising consumption of fast foods globally.

Ellwood P, Innes Asther M, Garcia-Marcos L, Williams H, Keil U, Robertson C, Nagel G; The ISAAC Phase III Study Group; Thorax, 2013 Jan 14.


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