News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Asthma Foundation to fund New Zealand Asthma Guidelines

Asthma Foundation to fund New Zealand Asthma Guidelines which will not 'sit on the shelf'

The Asthma Foundation is committed to improving respiratory health for Maori. One way to achieve this is through updating the now out-of-date Guidelines for Asthma (last updated in 2002).

Although there are a number of international asthma guidelines, these may not be appropriate for New Zealand. Most international guidelines include medications that are either not available in New Zealand or are not funded by Pharmac. None of the overseas guidelines address issues for Maori, who suffer a greater burden from asthma than non- Maori.

Asthma treatment has changed in the last 12 years and the previous 2002 guidelines no longer reflect current best practice. One example of this is using the SMART Regime.

A study undertaken by the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand, in collaboration with the University of Auckland and the University of Otago, showed using the SMART Regime reduced the risk of severe asthma attacks. Fifteen percent of participants in the study were Maori, and it found compared to others in the study, they were less likely to have an asthma attack, less likely to go to hospital, and did not need to use other medication. This goes against current hospital statistics showing that Maori are twice as likely to be hospitalised for asthma than non- Maori.

The Asthma Foundation, through their Expert Advisory Group, is focused on updating the New Zealand Asthma Guidelines as part of the development of a national respiratory strategy. "We believe that hardworking health care professionals who assess and treat asthma on the front line can't do their job adequately without up to date evidence based guidance tailored specifically for New Zealand circumstances." Said Dr Kyle Perrin, medical director for the Asthma Foundation.

The Asthma Foundation suggest it is possible to develop a tool that is integrated through patient consult software alongside these updated New Zealand Asthma Guidelines, if the Ministry was willing to support this.

The updated New Zealand Asthma Guidelines would also be underpinned by a dissemination plan to ensure uptake through primary and secondary care sectors as well as community organisations.

-Ends-

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Scoop Review Of Books: The Typewriter Factory

I finished reading Don’t Dream It’s Over not long after it came out last August. I even started writing a review, which took something of an ‘I’m sorry people, but it’s already over’ approach. I’ve been pretty negative about journalism as it’s practiced in the mainstream (or MSM, or corporate media or liberal media or whatever terminology you prefer) for quite some time (see for example Stop the Press), and I believe the current capitalist media model is destructive and can’t be reformed. More>>

Sheep Update: Solo World Shearing Record Broken In Southland

Southland shearer Leon Samuels today set a new World solo eight-hours strongwool ewe-shearing after a tally of 605 in a wool shed north of Gore. More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis Review: Dick Frizzell At The Solander Gallery

One of the most influential and celebrated contemporary Pop artists working in New Zealand, Dick Frizzell is mostly known for his appropriation of kitsch Kiwiana icons, which he often incorporates into cartoon-like paintings and lithographs. Not content with adhering to one particular style, he likes to adopt consciously unfashionable styles of painting, in a manner reminiscent of Roy Lichtenstein. More>>

Old Music: Pop Icon Adam Ant Announces NZ Tour

Following his recent sold out North American and UK tours, Adam Ant is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the release of his landmark KINGS OF THE WILD FRONTIER album with a newly-remastered reissue (Sony Legacy) and Australasian tour. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books:
Looking Back

Writing a memoir that appeals to a broad readership is a difficult undertaking. As an experienced communicator, Lloyd Geering keeps the reader’s interest alive through ten chapters (or portholes) giving views of different aspects of his life in 20th-century New Zealand. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Purple (and Violet) Prose

This is the second recent conjoint publication by Reeve and Stapp; all to do with esoteric, arcane and obscure vocabulary – sesquipedalian, anyone – and so much more besides. Before I write further, I must stress that the book is an equal partnership between words and images and that one cannot thrive without the other. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news