Asthma Australia is set to strengthen its community presence through a three-year agreement with TerryWhite Chemmart, which will see the pharmacy chain provide in-store information campaigns and fundraising assistance.

A key objective of the partnership for Asthma Australia will be to encourage asthma suffers to use their medication appropriately to better manage their condition, with recent studies showing the overuse of reliever medication is prevalent in Australia.

The program begins this month with a Back to School campaign reminding parents to update their children’s asthma action plans, which includes notifying teachers about what to do in an emergency and providing schools with spare medication.

Asthma is one of the most common chronic health problems among young Australians, with children under 14 accounting for more than half of the almost 40,000 people hospitalised with the condition each year.

Along with information campaigns, the nationwide pharmacy banner group has pledged to help raise funds to support asthma sufferers and to promote Asthma Australia’s 1800 ASTHMA helpline (1800 278 462).

The Terry White partnership was launched in the same week the federal government unveiled its National Asthma Strategy, which provides an additional $1 million for support programs in schools.

Around one in every 10 Australians suffer from asthma, with the condition causing around 400 deaths each year.

In a statement, Asthma Australia CEO Michele Goldman said “this partnership allows us to strengthen our presence in the community, building on work we have done in other healthcare settings”.

Terry White Chemmart CEO Anthony White said pharmacists are “uniquely positioned to offer advice and referrals, particularly for people struggling with symptoms whose asthma is poorly controlled”.

“Pharmacists may be the only health professional that some people with asthma see on a regular basis. Demonstrating device technique is another key service pharmacists can offer to help people with asthma ensure they are using medication correctly,” White said.

Asthma Australia and  its member foundations work to deliver deliver high quality support to people with asthma and their carers.

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