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Asthma Update

This video learning activity provides an update on paediatric asthma management in line with the Australian Asthma Handbook V 2.0 guidelines released in March 2019.

Course Overview

Asthma is a common chronic respiratory issue seen in children, however many children may be misdiagnosed as having asthma due to them having symptoms such as cough or wheeze.

In order for families to manage their child’s asthma, they need to be given education around use of inhalers, using a spacer and the Asthma Action Plan. Controlling a child’s asthma at home can mean fewer asthma attacks, lessen the need for emergency hospital visits and decrease parental distress. Therefore, it is important that nurses understand the correct diagnosis, assessment, and management of asthma.

Learning Outcomes

In this video learning activity, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of asthma and primary prevention
  • Recognise asthma triggers and symptoms
  • Explore/Examine asthma medications in paediatrics, including correct device technique
  • Review the importance of asthma action plans and first aid.

Course Content



First Published




1 hour

Jul 2019

Jul 2019

Aug 2020

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Professional Development Leave Documents

Marg Gordon

RN, Project Manager National Asthma Council Australia


Marg has worked for 20 years in primary care, firstly as a practice nurse and for the past 14 years as an asthma and respiratory educator.

She currently operates nurse-led respiratory clinics in 2 general practices in eastern Melbourne. These clinics allow Marg to work closely with the GP’s to provide evidence-based, best practice asthma management in the community.

Marg also works at the National Asthma Council Australia as the Project Manager for the Asthma Best Practice Program, which provides education courses to health professionals around Australia.