Promoting good asthma care locally, regionally and around the world
The National Asthma Council Australia has a well-established international reputation and, as asthma prevalence increases, countries in Asia and the Pacific have looked to us for advice on strategic planning, development of treatment guidelines, health professional education, consumer involvement, and the development of organisations based on the Australian model.
We are a founding member of the International Primary Care Respiratory Group. More recently, we were asked to form the GP Asia Pacific Respiratory Board, which focuses on primary care respiratory health management in this region.
We played a key role in the successful phase-out of CFC-containing inhalers in Australia in partnership with the Australian Government Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage & the Arts, and with other stakeholders.
Bangladesh Lung Foundation
The Bangladesh Lung Foundation Travel Awards
We have a long relationship with the Bangladesh Lung Foundation and are pleased to sponsor awards at the Bangladesh Lung Foundation Conference.
The National Asthma Council Australia Travel Awards are presented to the top three abstracts on research in the asthma/respiratory area to enable the winners to attend the next Asia Pacific Society of Respirology conference.
Travel Award Winners 2010
Pulmonocon 2010, 2nd International Conference on Lung Health
13-14 October, Dhaka, Bangladesh
First prize: Dr Neelima Das
ICCCDB & James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, Bangladesh
Respiratory Morbidity of Women Exposed to Different Levels of Indoor Air Pollution in Rural Bangladesh: A Cross-Sectional Study
Second prize: Dr Md. Naimul Hoque
Assistant Professor of Respiratory Medicine, NIDCH, Dhaka
Influence of Asthma In Pregnancy on Labor And The Neonates
Third prize: Dr Ashraful Alum Khan
Medical Officer, National Asthma Centre, Dhaka
Trends of Asthma In Bangladesh: Findings of The National Asthma Prevalence Study 1999 & 2010
Travel Award Winners 2009
Pulmunocon 2009, Congress on Total Lung Health
14-15 October, Dhaka, Bangladesh
First Prize: Dr Farzana Yesmin
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Shahbag, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh
Effects of Nutritional Modification on Anthroometry and Lung Functions of COPD Patients
Second Prize: Dr Md. Ferdous Wahid
National Institute of Diseases of Chest & Hospital, Mohakhali, Dhaka-1212, Bangladesh
Burden of Obstructive Lung Disease in Bangladesh (BOLD-BD): Findings of First National COPD Prevalence Study
Third Prize: Dr Md. Abdullahel Kafee
National Institute of Diseases of Chest & Hospital, Mohakhali, Dhaka-1212, Bangladesh
Probing into the Risk Factors of Development of Asthma: Bangladesh Perspective
Travel Award Winner 2008
Pulmocon 2008, 1st International Conference on Lung Health
20-22 February, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Prize Winner: Prof Md Rashidul Hassan
International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG)
A global network of interest groups focusing on primary care respiratory management.
The International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) was founded in June 2000.
The IPCRG represents national groups of primary care physicians who have a particular interest in respiratory medicine. Currently the group has 16 full voting member countries and 19 associate member countries, as well as seven associate corporate members.
The National Asthma Council Australia is a founding member and is the member organisation representing Australia.
About the IPCRG
The IPCRG acts as an international umbrella organisation for national primary care respiratory interest groups. The organisation's aim is to use its international network to undertake research in community settings; to lead the production and dissemination of evidence-based guidelines appropriate for primary care professionals; and to develop education programmes to support that dissemination and changes in practice.
The IPCRG website provides practical resources for respiratory professionals working in community settings across the world, and for patients who want to know more about medical management of respiratory conditions. Visit the IPCRG website
The 8th IPCRG World Conference, 25-28 May 2015
The 8th International Primary Care Respiratory Group Scientific meeting in Amsterdam will offer not only a comprehensive scientific programme but will provide significant networking opportunities allowing delegates to come together with colleagues to discuss respiratory care and new developments. For more information visit theipcrg.org
Previous IPCRG Conferences
The 7th IPCRG World Conference 2014 - Athens, Greece
Professor Amanda Barnard, Chairman of the Guidelines Committee presented on the Australian Asthma Handbook at this recent international meeting, The Australian Asthma Handbook: Innovative Guidelines for Primary Care Asthma Management. The National Asthma Council Australia is a founding member of the IPCRG (International Primary Care Respiratory Group) and was very pleased that over 1000 participants from over 20 countries attended the Conference.
The 6th IPCRG World Conference 2012 - Edinburgh, UK
Australia was well represented at the 2012 IPCRG conference. Delegates included NAC Chairman Associate Professor Noela Whitby AM, plus senior staff members Ms Kristine Whorlow, CEO, and Ms Judi Wicking, Program Manager. Several members of the NAC's GP Asthma Group also attended.
The 5th IPCRG World Conference 2010 - Toronto, Canada
The National Asthma Council Australia's successful education program for health professionals was again recognised at the Conference. The abstract was selected for publication in the June 2010 issue of the Primary Care Respiratory Journal. Wicking J, Gordon M, Brophy S, Cleveland R, Bell M, Whorlow K. Up-skilling general practice nurses to improve asthma management in primary care. Prim Care Respir J 2010; 19(2): A17.
The 4th IPCRG World Conference 2008 - Seville, Spain
The National Asthma Council Australia's A-Team® asthma education program was internationally recognised for its innovative format and successful outcomes at the 2008 IPCRG conference. The abstract was selected for publication in the June 2008 issue of the Primary Care Respiratory Journal.
Wicking J, Brophy S, Cleveland R, Fodero L, Scuteri J, Whorlow K. The A-Team®: A national asthma education program, the Australian way. Prim Care Respir J 2008; 17(2): 119
The 3rd IPCRG World Conference 2006 - Oslo, Norway
Australia was well represented with a strong contingent of health professionals attending. NAC project manager, Kathy Hope, reported on proceedings and prepared a special ‘highlights’ review. IPCRG Oslo Report 2006
The 2nd IPCRG World Conference 2004 - Melbourne, Australia
Hosted by the National Asthma Council Australia, the 2004 conference provided a lively exchange of ideas and experience from around the world and from a wide range of areas within respiratory care.
The 1st IPCRG World Conference 2002 - Amsterdam, the Netherlands
The inaugural IPCRG World Conference was held in Amsterdam in 2002, hosted by the Dutch General Practitioners Advisory Group on Asthma and COPD.
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) focuses on the phase-out of chlorofluorocarbon (CFC)-containing metered dose inhalers.
Our CEO, Ms Kristine Whorlow, is an Australian Government nominee to the UNEP Medical Technical Options Committee. This Committee focuses on the phase-out of chlorofluorocarbon (CFC)-containing metered dose inhalers.
In line with the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, countries throughout the world are working on the phase-out of CFC-containing metered dose inhalers for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. While the transition to CFC-free inhalers is complete in Australia, many other countries in Asia and the Pacific have begun the process only recently.
CFC-free transition awareness package
A CFC-free transition awareness package was created to assist National Ozone Units and other key national stakeholders in developing countries to develop appropriate materials to ensure the seamless transition to CFC-free inhalers in each country.
The resources were developed by the UNEP in association with the National Asthma Council Australia.
Awareness package for NOUs
This awareness package aims to assist National Ozone Units (NOUs) and other key national stakeholders in developing countries to develop appropriate materials to ensure the seamless transition to CFC-free inhalers in each country.
The resources were developed for use in developing countries by the United Nations Environment Programme in association with the National Asthma Council Australia.
Some resources from the awareness package are available online.
- Prescribing CFC-free Inhalers - Information statement for health professionals
- Using CFC-free inhalers- Consumer brochure for patients
- CFCs in Inhalers for Asthma and COPD - PowerPoint presentation for health industry
- Transition to CFC-free Inhalers - Question and Answer Sheet
The complete awareness package for NOUs in developing countries is available from the UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific.
Copyright © 2009 United Nations Environment Programme
Published by UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in association with the National Asthma Council Australia, supported by the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol.
GP Asia-Pacific Respiratory Board
The General Practitioners' (GP) Asia-Pacific Respiratory Board was established to further develop the role of the GP or GP equivalent in Asia-Pacific and to improve the management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma.
Board members represented countries from around the region and worked together to promote best-practice respiratory care by GPs and primary care physicians.
As part of this initiative, a website was developed for Health Professionals only and provided registered users with access to a range of valuable resources, including practical tools and information about international initiatives.