Empower patients to control their asthma

Mark Brooke
CEO, Asthma Australia

Drops in mortality, hospitalisation rates and urgent GP visits all indicate significant improvement — and this is indeed significant — but we must be wary of accepting this as an indicator that we have asthma under control.

The burden of asthma management has shifted from the acute system to the community; which now makes the condition a personal, social and economic burden.

There are still more than two million Australians with asthma. It is a leading cause for absenteeism from work and school and the cost of preventer medications are

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