191089 - Paediatric Asthma: Breathing new life into diagnosis and treatment - Educational Visit
This one-to-one educational visit with a trained facilitator aims to support GPs in the diagnosis of asthma in children and the treatment options available. The interactive, tailored discussion will provide GPs with clarity on the challenges of confirming an asthma diagnosis in children and the indications of asthma medicines in children. The activity addresses quality use of medicine issues in the context of children with asthma requiring treatment.Relevance to General Practice
The prevalence of asthma in children in Australia are amongst the highest in the world and GPs play a key role in asthma management. PBS data suggests children under 12 years are being increasingly prescribed ICS + LABA combinations despite recommended only for a minority of children.
In Australia, the asthma management paradigm is changing. Recent changes to the Australia Asthma Handbook for children presents an opportunity for GPs to update principles in diagnosing and managing asthma for children ages 1–5 years old and 6–11 years old.
This activity?will?focus on the?following key aspects of asthma management in primary care for GPs:
1. Always confirm asthma with spirometry, or a treatment trial for children unable to undertake spirometry
2. For children with asthma who need a preventer, a low dose ICS is often the most appropriate option.
3. Asthma is a chronic disease that requires good planning, regular treatment and review.
D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
D4. Professional and ethical role
D5. Organisational and legal dimensionsCurriculum Contextual Units
- Children and young people health