Asthma Nurse Educator Service

Overview

Asthma is a condition where the airways of the lungs become narrow, making it difficult to breathe. It is a common health problem affecting up to 1 in 9 children.

The ACT Health Asthma Nurse Educator Service provides evidence based education for children and young people, their families and community groups.

Our Services

Registered nurses who are accredited asthma educators provide the Asthma Nurse Educator Service. The service works closely with family doctors (GPs), paediatricians, specialists, pharmacists, hospital staff and the ACT Asthma Association.

Family doctors (GPs) and specialists are responsible for diagnosis, treatment and management of asthma. Asthma Nurse Educators support family doctors and specialists in this role by providing education and support.

Asthma Nurse Educators assist individuals and families to increase their understanding of asthma and its management, and provide information on:

  • symptoms;
  • trigger factors;
  • devices used to deliver medications;
  • combining sport with asthma;
  • emergency management; and
  • Asthma Action Plans.

Asthma Management Tips

Asthma First Aid

Asthma Action Plan

Guide to using blue reliever medicines

Understand preventer medicines

How to use a puffer and spacer

How to care for your spacer

Asthma Triggers

Combining sport with asthma

Patient Information Sheets

Asthma First Aid Poster 2011

Asthma Nurse Educator Referral Form

Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

Asthma Spacers

Asthma Triggers

Asthma Nurse Educator Service brochure

Asthma Medication Information

How to use your asthma medication devices

Asthma and smoking

Access

Any person under 25 years can use the service if a doctor has diagnosed them with asthma,viral-induced wheeze, or multiple-trigger wheeze. The asthma nurse educators will arrange to see families in their homes, clinics or in health centres.

Any individual seeking information about asthma is also welcome to contact the service.

Telephone Community Health Intake (02) 6207 9977 between 8am and 5pm weekdays, or fax (02) 6205 2611

Referrals will be accepted from:

Individuals and families

Contact

Clients should bring their asthma medications and any devices that they use to take these with to the appointment. If they have an Asthma Action Plan they should also bring this to their appointment.

Links

Asthma Australia
National Asthma Council of Australia
Health professionals
GPs
Paediatricians and specialists.
Child Care Centres and community organisations are able to request group education sessions in their own venue

Referrals can be made by telephoning or faxing Community Health Intake

Adult Asthma Education Service

The Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine provide a free adult asthma education service for people who require information about asthma and how to manage it.

Phone: 02 6244 2066
Fax: 02 6244 2604
Email: RespSleep@act.gov.au

Patients can self-refer into this service. Alternatively, patients can contact the Community Health Intake (CHI) line for more information about asthma services available in the community on (02) 62079977.

Cost

This service is free to Medicare and Asylum Seeker card holders

What to Bring

Parents and carers of young clients may wish to bring the child�s personal child health record (known as the blue book).