National asthma strategy 2018

The development of a new National Asthma Strategy is enabling asthma stakeholders to work together to develop a national plan to take Australia to the next stage of improvement in asthma health outcomes.
Briefing paper

Current practice and new approaches in asthma: perspectives of asthma practitioners and patients

This exploratory paper explores current practice and new approaches to asthma healthcare in Australia, in order to stimulate new thinking and action to target care gaps and redress stalled progress against asthma outcomes.

Using PBS and MBS data to report on the treatment and management of chronic respiratory conditions 2016–17

This report investigates the utility of the Pharmaceuticals Benefits Scheme (PBS) and Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) claims data in answering key research questions for reporting on the treatment and management of chronic respiratory conditions in Australia.
Working paper

A collaborative approach to national surveillance for respiratory epidemics, including thunderstorm epidemics

This working paper outlines the content of a workshop on developing a national surveillance approach for respiratory epidemics, which was held in Canberra on 3 May 2017. It is intended as a resource for policy makers, hospital administrators, clinicians, researchers and peak organisations.

Ethnic equity in the management of child asthma: Developing and testing a primary care quality improvement tool

Two of the key challenges for the New Zealand health system are improving quality and reducing inequities in health. My plan was to develop and test a quality improvement intervention for primary care to help close the ethnic health gap for child asthma. To understand...
Journal article

The Melbourne thunderstorm asthma event: can we avert another strike?

Thunderstorms have been recognised to precipitate asthma attacks for over 30 years. Events have been reported from Europe, North America, the Middle East and Australia. Previously, the largest documented outbreak occurred in June 1994, when 640 patients presented to London emergency departments within a 30-h...

The use of lung function testing for the diagnosis and management of chronic airways disease

This demonstration data linkage study investigates the use of lung function testing in the diagnosis and management of chronic airways disease. It uses data from the 45 and Up Study linked to Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) data. The study shows...

Why am I?: The science of us: episode 4: Dirt poor is bad

Why Am I?: The Science of Us (also known as Predict My Future: The Science of Us) is a 2016 New Zealand documentary series about the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study, a long-runningcohort study

Management of childhood 
asthma in general practice

This report determines changes in childhood asthma management rates between 2004–14, and examines current medication use and level of control in children attending general practice. Background Inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) are recommended for children with moderate or severe persistent asthma. The aims of this paper were...

Involving fathers in community child health services and asthma: an update

Men in antenatal classes give three common reasons why they intend to father differently than they were fathered: community expectations, partner pressure, and their own wish for connection with their child. 1. Community expectations: highlight the fact that fathers are expected to be involved in...