Asthma in Spring- allergies and thunderstorms
CPD Hours / Duration
1 hour/s
Depends on Membership level

Asthma in Spring- allergies and thunderstorms

Presenter Narelle Williamson , Nurse Education Consultant - National Asthma Council Australia

Narelle Williamson RN; Respiratory Educator

Narelle has over 25 years’ experience in both the acute hospital setting and primary health care. She is an experienced Respiratory Educator, working for the NAC for the past 11 years.

She has been educating patients in various primary care respiratory clinics in Eastern Melbourne over this period, whilst also presenting for the National Asthma Council’s Asthma Best Practice for Professionals program.

Narelle has just recently resigned after 15 years, as Nursing Manager at a large, highly regarded, general practice in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. She continues her passion for chronic disease management and preventative health.

Course Content

This session has a focus on springtime asthma and allergic rhinitis and how to manage both conditions, using the latest evidence-based guidelines. Thunderstorm asthma is a springtime phenomenon that all health professionals in primary care needs to be prepared for.

Topics covered-assessment, diagnosis and management of allergic rhinitis including allergy treatment plans. Thunderstorm asthma is explained, including how to manage those at risk. There is valuable information on how to prepare your practice or pharmacy for a thunderstorm event.

Target Audience

Learning Outcomes

In this session you will:

  • Describe the association between allergic rhinitis and asthma 
  • Summarise the treatment guidelines for allergic rhinitis
  • Describe those at greater risk of thunderstorm asthma and the guidelines for management
  • Summarise the importance of written asthma action plans and asthma first aid in thunderstorm asthma season.