Pharmacists not equipped for larger asthma role

Pharmacists believe they have similar expertise as GPs in managing children's asthma, but research shows most do not have up-to-date training or follow national asthma guidelines.

In a survey of 77 Sydney pharmacists, all said pharmacists were as effective as doctors in providing asthma counselling and education to paediatric patients.

However, only two-thirds had completed any asthma-related CPD in the past year and one-quarter reported using the national asthma guidelines in their practice.

Almost 50% of pharmacists said that they did not usually show children how to use their inhaler,