Asthma is one of Australia’s most widespread chronic health problems, affecting over 2 million Australians. It is often underdiagnosed in older people. Symptoms of asthma include wheezing, chest tightness and shortness of breath that is associated with narrowing of the airways and inflammation within the lungs.
Asthma trigger factors include exercise, viral infections, smoking, allergens, environmental factors, food chemicals and some medications.
Asthma and other respiratory conditions can impact greatly on the lives for people and their families and carers. Asthma Foundation SA is committed to helping South Australians breathe better by providing:
• Information about asthma and related conditions through the Asthma Assist Line. Talk to an Asthma Educator Freecall 1800 ASTHMA (1800 278 462), Monday to Friday 9-5 (Interpreter services are available)
• Education and training for aged care workers and other health professionals
• Individual and group information sessions with an Asthma Educator to discuss asthma, the symptoms, triggers, medications, devices and Asthma Action Plans
• Written information about asthma and online shopping for asthma products from Asthma Foundation SA’s website asthmasa.org.au
For more information about Asthma Foundation SA and its services or to register with Asthma Assist for a free Asthma Control Pack which contains detailed information about asthma management, visit asthmasa.org.au or call 1800 ASTHMA (1800 278 462).