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Asthma Health Outcomes Project

Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005

International Programs: New ZealandBack to Index

Breathe Easy Schools

Asthma Auckland

Auckland 1030 New Zealand

Ann Wheat

64 9 6302293         

annw@asthma-nz.org.nz

Asthma Auckland started the "Breathe Easy Schools" program in 2003. The program is loosely based on The Australian 3+ Plan for asthma education. The program's vision is to be the leading provider of evidence based asthma education for school students (12-19 years) in New Zealand; and to create education of a high standard that is suitable to all children with asthma.

An Asthma Nurse Educator contacts school nurses at secondary colleges to recruit their schools to be participants in the Breathe Easy Schools program. A mobile unit visits participating schools and students with asthma meet with the Asthma Nurse Educator on the mobile unit. One-on-one education sessions are undertaken, giving students information on asthma, prevention measures for triggers, encouraging correct use of inhalers and devices and use of asthma action plans. Two further sessions are arranged at later visits to the school to re-enforce information already given, check inhaler technique and to further educate students with asthma as necessary.

The program has had a positive impact on hospital utilization, emergency/urgent care visits, school absences, quality of life for children, symptoms, medication use, change in clinical action (provider behavior), functional status, self-management skills, use of asthma action plan, and peak flow meter use.

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