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November Respiratory Training Month in the Goldfields

03 Dec 2019

WA Primary Health Alliance were delighted to deliver in partnership with the National Asthma Council Australia (NAC) Spirometry training in Kalgoorlie and Primary Care Asthma Update in Esperance during the month of November. The NAC is the national authority and peak body for asthma.

Australian is a world leader in asthma prevention, management and research. The National Asthma Council Australia led the development of the National Asthma Strategy 2018. The role of the strategy is to reduce the health, social and economic impacts with a targeted and comprehensive approach to optimise asthma diagnosis and management.

Sarah Brown, WA Primary Health Alliance Regional Manager Goldfields stated “it was extremely rewarding to provide this training in the Goldfields as respiratory conditions are the 4th ranked disease group in hospital admission and respiratory conditions are contributing to lower life expectancy for Aboriginal people in the Goldfields”.

The Spirometry course provided comprehensive training to health professionals in the application, measurement and interpretation of expiratory spirometry. 25 health professionals from across a wide range of health organisations attended, including General Practitioners, Practice Nurses, Occupational Health and Safety Nurses, Physiotherapists and Medical Practice Assistant. The National Asthma Council Australia reported this training session was the highest attended workshop they had all year and they look forward to coming back for further training sessions in the Goldfields in the new year.

The Primary Care Asthma Update covered the essentials of best-practice asthma and respiratory management for primary care health professionals. 13 health professions attended this training including General Practitioner’s from Esperance and Ravensthorpe, Practice Nurses and a Pharmacist.

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