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Education blitz on asthma

Friday, 24th January, 2014

Paediatric resident medical officer Dr Richard McGee. Paediatric resident medical officer Dr Richard McGee.

By Emily Roberts

The paediatric department at the local hospital has organised education sessions for schools to raise awareness about asthma.

Paediatric resident medical officer Dr Richard McGee has been liaising with the Asthma Foundation of NSW.

“At the Broken Hill Hospital, we see many children with poorly controlled asthma and have decided to plan an education ‘blitz’ across Broken Hill next month in conjunction with the Asthma Foundation,” Dr McGee said.

“When all the schools start back, the Asthma Foundation will provide education sessions for teachers and the staff.”

He said the education program would be structured.

“It will show what asthma is, how to recognise it, how to treat it and when to seek medical advice,” Dr McGee said.

“It can be a fatal condition if not treated properly. We really want to create some awareness.”

Dr McGee said asthma was a common cause for hospital admissions in children.

“In addition, we will be setting up a dedicated asthma clinic at the hospital,” he said.

“It will be a multi-disciplinary clinic with Allied Health also coming on board.”

According to the National Asthma Council Australia, about 1 in 10 adults and 1 in 9 children have asthma.

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