Asthma is a condition of the lungs that narrows the airways and makes it difficult to breathe.  It’s a common health problem that affects up to 1 in 10 children.

Your GP can diagnose and refer you to the Asthma Nurse Educator Service.

Our registered nurses work closely with your GP, as well as paediatricians, specialists, pharmacists, hospital staff and the ACT Asthma Association to support you and your child with their condition.

Asthma Nurse Educators can help you increase your understanding of asthma and its management with information on:

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

To book an appointment or make a referral, please see the Community Health Centres. You can self-refer for this service. Please ensure you bring any medication or devices you use to your appointment, as well as your Asthma Action Plan, if you have one.

Access

You can use this service if you are under the age of 25 and have been diagnosed with asthma, a viral-induced wheeze or a multiple-trigger wheeze by your GP.

Our Asthma Nurse Educators can organise to see you in your home or at a clinic or health centre.

We can offer group sessions to child care centres and community organisations at your own venue.

Adult Asthma Education Service

The Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine offers a free adult asthma education service on how to manage your condition.  

Please contact the department for more information:

Phone: 02 6244 2066

Fax: 02 6244 2604

respsleep@act.gov.au

Page last updated on: 1 Oct 2018