Who We Are
The Paediatric Asthma Education Service was established in 1999 to support families with children 1-16 yrs old living with asthma.
This service is provided by Hornsby Child and Family Health Service and is staffed by a Child and Family Health Clinical Nurse Specialist.
Asthma is a condition that affects many children in Australia. Asthma affects 1:10 children in Australia.
Although there is no known cure, good asthma control can enable children to lead normal, healthy active lives.How to Contact Us
Please contact the Clinical Nurse Specialist on 0412 768 561
Northern Sydney Local Health District information can be found at www.nslhd.health.nsw.gov.au/CYFH
What We Do
We provide support to families who have children with asthma or asthma type symptoms
We provide asthma education and health information via telephone counselling or home visits.
Children who have been admitted to HKH childrens ward with asthma related symptoms may be seen in hospital by the asthma clinical nurse specialist during their admission.
The paediatric asthma education service can support you and your child with :
- Understanding what asthma is
- Recognizing asthma signs & symptoms
- Managing asthma using the asthma action plan
- How to correctly use asthma medications and how to give them
How can you help to manage your child's asthma ?
Below are some links to asthma information which may be useful
- Know the signs of poor asthma control
- Have an up to date asthma action plan
- Have your child reviewed every 3-6 months by a doctor even if they have been well with their asthma
- Be aware of your child's triggers and minimise those you can
- Ensure your child takes their asthma medications correctly
Asthma Resource Pack for parents and carers
Using Asthma medication and puffers
In an emergency
- If your child or someone you know is experiencing a severe asthma flare up including difficulty in breathing, sucking in at the throat or chest, distress, anxiety, confusion, exhaustion, lips have a bluish tinge or are unable to speak call an ambulance.
- Dial 000 and commence asthma first aid