The Severe Asthma Toolkit
This independent and contemporary online education and training resource provides multidisciplinary clinicians with the latest information and resources to aids in optimising care for people with severe asthma.
The toolkit was developed by a team of multidisciplinary clinicians from around Australia and Internationally. We designed this toolkit to target a broad audience that includes the settings of primary and tertiary care, as well as the many disciplines involved in severe asthma management, including: physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, speech pathologists, pharmacists and psychologists. It is also hoped that the toolkit will allow clinicians in geographically diverse regions access to evidenced based education and training.
The Toolkit’s modules put information at the fingertips of clinicians, while also serving as a long-term education resource. Modules include: What is Severe Asthma?; Diagnosis & Assessment; Management; Medications; Co-Morbidities; Living with Severe Asthma; Establishing a Clinic; Paediatrics; Resources. The Severe Asthma Toolkit is available at toolkit.severeasthma.org.au.
Severe Asthma Event Symposia - Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
The Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma is pleased to be hosting educational symposia on severe asthma management around Australia. Sessions will introduce the Severe Asthma Toolkit and provide educational updates on severe asthma research and clinical management. The Severe Asthma Toolkit is a new web-based resource for healthcare professionals caring for people with severe asthma.
The sessions are targeted to multidisciplinary healthcare professionals, with an interest in learning more about severe asthma management. We would appreciate your support in distributing this information broadly to your colleagues.
To register please provide name, city and any dietary requirements by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
6:00 – 6:30PM: Arrival & Light Refreshments
6:30 – 6:40pm: Welcome & Overview
6:40 – 7:20pm: Severe Asthma Toolkit – An overview of the new clinical resource available for healthcare professionals caring for people with severe asthma
7:20 – 7:50pm: Educational Seminar – Practical evidence-based content presented by local Faculty members
7:50 – 8:00pm: Wrap-up & Questions
06 December 2018 – Brisbane; Translational Research Institute
Further dates and cities will be available soon.
For further information, please go to our website: https://www.severeasthma.org.au/severe-asthma-evening-symposium/
Food as Medicine: Food, Fertility and Pregnancy
Help your patients use foods and nutrition to assist in conceiving and achieving good pregnancy outcomes. Course endorsed by the ANMF. Starts 23 July 2018. Available for registration at https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/fam-pregnancy
Dysphagia Care Provision in the Context of the IDDSI Framework
CPD: 1.5 hours
This online course provides nurses with the skills to care for somebody with dysphagia, including using the IDDSI Framework. It is relevant to nurses working with all client groups, and is aimed towards improving patient safety and quality of life by providing practical, useful training for everyday care. Through audio, text, video, and interactive learning, the course covers topics such as
- what happens in the normal swallowing process
- how to recognise dysphagia
- when to refer to Speech Pathology
- how to follow Speech Pathology recommendations safely
- how to assist with feeding
- additional sections on medication, dry mouth, intellectual disability
The course provides a full explanation and demonstration of the IDDSI Framework, including all its levels and testing methods, using video and interactive learning to consolidate your learning experience. There are also printable resources throughout the course, and a self-paced, workshop style of presentation to allow you to fully engage with the material.
The course is certified, and globally applicable.
Presented by Speech Pathologists with 15+ years’ experience working with dysphagia
Date: Available now
Maternal Vaccines: Can We Do More?
Despite influenza vaccination being available to pregnant women on the National Immunisation Program and pertussis vaccination being free under State and Territory Programs, vaccination rates remain low1,2,3, and well below the >90% vaccination rates achieved for infant and childhood immunisations4.
This free, online learning module, developed out of concern about suboptimal maternal vaccination rates, aims to provide education to healthcare professionals who care for pregnant women.
The module is delivered through a case-based approach involving the insights from a leading Obstetrician & Maternal-Foetal Medicine subspecialist (Dr Elizabeth McCarthy, FRANZCOG) and General Practitioner (Dr Eugene Goh, MBBS), It also includes the insights of a patient recommended the influenza and pertussis vaccines during pregnancy.
This education program is endorsed by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF). Participation attracts 2.0 CPD hours.
1. Wiley Ket al. Immunisation and pregnancy- who, what, when and why? Australian Prescriber 2017;40;122-124.
2. [NCIRS-AIP] The Weekly Jab: Special Edition - Influenza Vaccination. Message from Professor Brendan Murphy. 16 June 2017
3. Danchin Met al. Vaccine decision-making begins in pregnancy: Correlation between vaccine concerns, intentions and maternal vaccination with subsequent childhood vaccine uptakeVaccine 2017; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2017.08.003
4. Australian Government Department of Health. Immunisation. http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main publishing.nsf/Content/MC14-004203-lmmunisation (last updated 16 April 2018
Health professionals - Become an Agent of Change
Agents of Change gives nurses with patients with dementia and/or their carers the opportunity to join the first online Quality Improvement Collaborative to improve dementia care. Participants will be supported to develop their own action plan to improve access to either exercise or carer support (their choice). Action plans can be big or small, but are intended to be embedded and delivered within the nurses’ existing time and resources. They will be supported by clinical, quality improvement, and consumer experts (and others in their collaborative). Activities will be done within the nurses’ existing CPD requirements (and will fulfil these), and they will have access to a $1000 stipend to present their work at a conference or meeting of their choice. The program runs over 18 months beginning with an orientation in April 2018 (tentative). Contact Monica Cations (project coordinator) for more information on email@example.com or (02) 8338 7221. Website: http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/cdpc/news-events-participation/agents-of-change.php
Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement Education
The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement provides training and consultancy to many organisations and programs within local government, schools and support services, hospitals, university departments, health centres, residential care services and community groups. As the largest national provider of grief and bereavement education, the Australian Centre of Grief and Bereavement can provide your organisation and your people, with a range of customised training and consultancy that is research-informed, high quality and at a competitive cost and a time and location this is suitable for you. Register your interest today by visiting our website www.grief.org.au and completing the online enquiry form.
There are an estimated 42 million concussions globally each year. Australians love their sport and the risk of concussion is high in a number of sports. The Queensland Brain Institute (QBI), would like us all to know more about our brain and the science of concussion. Click on this link to discover QBI resources and publications to help you better understand Concussion.
Postnatal depression & anxiety: new ways of understanding & responding effectively to risks
A webinar for professionals working with parents with infants was held on 19th October across Australia.
This webinar aimed to:
- identify common risks for postnatal mental health problems
- introduce new and practical ways of addressing these risks in your practice
- demonstrate evidence-informed e-resources for practitioners to use with parents.
The resources and recorded version of the webinar are available for viewing here: https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-professionals/webinar-library/postnatal-depression-anxiety-responding-to-risks