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Asthma in spring – allergies and thunderstorms

Asthma in spring
Facilitated by:
North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network
Narelle Williamson, Senior Clinical Consultant - National Asthma Council
Date and time:
Thursday 29 August 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Practice nurses, allied health providers, general practitioners, pharmacists, pharmacy assistants

This one-hour session has a focus on spring time asthma and allergic rhinitis and how to manage both conditions, using the latest evidence-based guidelines. Thunderstorm asthma is a spring time phenomenon that all health professionals in primary care need to be prepared for.

Learning outcomes:

  • Describe the association between allergic rhinitis and asthma
  • Summarise the treatment guidelines for allergic rhinitis
  • Describe those at greater risk of thunderstorm asthma and the guidelines for management
  • Summarise the importance of written asthma action plans and asthma first aid in thunderstorm asthma season

Speaker information:

Narelle Williamson is the Senior Clinical Consultant at the National Asthma Council Australia. She is a registered nurse and respiratory educator, with over 25 years’ experience in acute hospital settings and primary health care. Narelle has developed nurse-led respiratory clinics in primary care and for the past 12 years, most recently in Melbourne’s east. Before her consultant management role at the NAC, she spent 15 years as nursing manager at a large and highly regarded general practice.