Asthma management pathways

14 January 2020

Bushfire smoke can affect anyone but particularly people over 65, children 14 years and younger, pregnant women and those with existing heart or lung conditions, including asthma. It is important to ensure those with asthma have asthma management plans, medication on hand and that they are activating plans based on symptoms and exposure. Risks from contaminated water and spoiled food will also have a greater impact on the elderly, young children and pregnant women.

Hazardous air quality can lead to:

  • Serious aggravation of health effects in people over 65, children 14 years and younger, pregnant women and those with existing heart or lung conditions, and
  • Serious increase in respiratory and other effects in everyone else and many people might have symptoms like coughing or shortness of breath

There are a number of pathways that may help including:

Acute Asthma in Adults

Non-acute Asthma in Adults

Prescribing Medicines in Australia

Acute/Urgent Respiratory Assessment

Asthma Action Plan

  • Click here to view the Asthma Action Plan Library