Childhood Asthma – Introduction to Management


This is the second module in a two part series.

It focuses on the management of childhood asthma in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations. This module discusses triggers and acute exacerbations of asthma and explains common pharmacological treatment options.

It also provides an overview of the management of acute and chronic symptoms of asthma, correct inhaler device delivery technique, and the importance of asthma action plans. Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that affects around one in six Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Symptoms such as wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, and chest tightness come and go. Children with asthma may experience fatigue, reduced activity levels, impaired development, and poor social interaction. This module is recommended for anyone providing care to children.

It is useful as an update for those screening and caring for children and families regularly, and as an introduction to those without previous experience in managing asthma in children, in an Aboriginal health service.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • List common triggers of asthma.
  • Identify symptoms of an acute asthma exacerbation.
  • Describe the most common pharmacological treatment options of asthma.
  • Understand the basic treatment guidelines for the management of asthma.
  • Demonstrate correct inhaler device delivery technique for commonly used inhalers.Understand the importance of asthma action plans.

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