These strategic directions represent the national collaborative intent of Asthma Australia.
In identifying these national priorities and strategies, Asthma Australia is formalising its commitment to work in partnership with the Australian public, governments, health professionals, business and industry to help people with asthma and linked conditions to breathe better.
1. Communities, organisations and services are asthma friendly
We provide education and training and advocate for people with asthma and linked conditions – working with schools and preschools, communities and health professionals to create asthma friendly environments.
2. People with asthma and their carers understand and can manage their asthma in the community
We provide nationally consistent evidence-based information and education about asthma and linked conditions – through telephone and on-line services, brochures, community education programs and community events.
3. Services are available to communities with higher rates of asthma or difficulties with access to appropriate services
We target programs and fundraising – working with communities to provide services for people at greatest risk. We work respectfully with Indigenous and other Australians to ‘close the gap’ in health and wellbeing outcomes.
4. Research identifies and informs best practice asthma management and a community free of asthma
We provide national leadership and work with the community to promote research and communicate findings.
5. Asthma Australia grows through investment in national partnerships with the Australian public, governments, health professionals, business and industry
We work together nationally to deliver better services. We seek and build partnerships to expand our work to help people with asthma and linked conditions to breathe better.
Asthma Australia is implementing two programs supported by the Government of Australia:
- The Asthma Child and Adolescent Program provides information and training for school and preschool staff to learn about asthma management and how to respond in an emergency. This program also provides information for parents and supports adolescents to improve self-management of their asthma.
- The Asthma Community Support Program helps people throughout the community learn more about safe asthma management.
These two initiatives complement and support Asthma Australia’s national strategic directions.