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191089 - Paediatric Asthma: Breathing new life into diagnosis and treatment - Educational Visit

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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.

Learning outcomes
  • Use spirometry to confirm a diagnoses of asthma for children 6 years and older
  • Apply Australian Asthma Handbook guidelines when prescribing low-dose ICS if regular preventer treatment is required for children.
  • Determine when appropriate prescribing of ICS + LABA fixed-dose combinations is required for children, in accordance with Australian Asthma Handbook guidelines.
  • Create an individualised asthma action plans using a shared decision-making approach for effective management of asthma in children.
  • Domains of General Practice

    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 dimensions

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Children and young people health
    191089 - Paediatric Asthma: Breathing new life into diagnosis and treatment - Educational Visit
    Provider Type
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    1 hour
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