Working in partnership
It is essential that families and staff work together to
achieve the best health and learning outcomes for
children with asthma.
Children and self-management
Children and adolescents have an important role in
managing their own asthma. Families and staff can work
together to support them to increase their understanding
and confidence. What children can safely do depends on
their age and stage of development.
A national survey by Asthma Australia of parents
and carers identified the key issues for them when
communicating with staff about their child’s asthma and
other health care needs.
& Care Services
Families & staff
—— 87% identified the class/home group teacher/
carer as the most important person to
—— 97% thought that parents of children with
asthma should provide a Care Plan to the
school or care service
—— 87% chose regular “face to face”
communication as a good way to share
information between them and the staff
Did you know ...
—— One in ten children have current asthma (that’s over
350,000 school aged students)
—— Asthma is a common reason for hospitalisation of
—— Children’s asthma is a major contributor to their being
absent from education or care
“Don’t be shy ...
the more carers/
teachers know the
— Parent of child
Other messages from the online survey
—— Asthma is a serious condition
—— Children with asthma have different triggers,
treatments and care needs
—— Staff need to know what to do in an emergency
—— Asthma Foundations offer staff training in every
state and territory
On average, more than one Australian dies from
asthma each day.
Young people with severe asthma aged 10-20 years
can join Livewire – a safe, moderated online forum for
those with a chronic condition. More information at
Asthma Australia provides asthma training for education
and care services across Australia. Training...