Asthma and allergy media awards
Recognising excellence in asthma and allergy reporting by journalists, bloggers and health professionals
Since its establishment, the National Asthma Council Australia has enjoyed a close partnership with Australia's media. According to Chief Executive Officer, Kristine Whorlow, early media relations activities, commencing around 1991, helped heighten political awareness of asthma and proved to be a key plank in the Council's successful lobbying to have asthma made a National Health Priority Area.
Today, quality reporting of asthma continues to keep asthma top of mind in the community, reinforces the fact that we need to continue to take asthma seriously and it does much to increase understanding of the condition, its triggers and its management.
Recognising the important role the media play in asthma education, the National Asthma Council Australia created the National Asthma Council Australia Media Awards in 1998 to acknowledge and reward excellence in asthma journalism and to promote and encourage responsible reporting of issues relating to asthma treatment, management and education.
Now more than 15 years later, the Awards’ scope has been expanded to recognise excellence in allergy reporting and in 2014, for the first time, to include an award for the best piece in social media.
Congratulations go to all of our award winning journalists for their contribution to quality reporting of asthma and allergy in the Australian media.
Pictured from left to right (below): Our 2014 award winners; Sean Parnell, Zoe Perl, Emily Rice, Mechelle Wilson and Leanne Philpott
2014 award winners
The top award this year was given to Sean Parnell, Health Editor at The Australian for his article, ‘Breathing easy – a smarter way to treat asthma.’
The piece demonstrated how those with asthma, and their family members, are being empowered to effectively manage the condition through education and up-to-date asthma action plans, to enable a happy and active life with asthma.
- Best print article - Sean Parnell ‘Breathing easy – a smarter way to treat asthma’ The Australian
- Best television segment - Emily Rice ‘Dust might’ Nine News Melbourne
- Best radio segment - Mechelle Wilson ‘Asthma Awareness for the Aboriginal Community’ Noongar Mornings, 100.9 FM Noongar Radio
- Best health industry media piece - Leanne Philpott ‘Breathe easy’ Post Script magazine for pharmacy assistants
- Best social media piece - Zoe Perl ‘Is asthma stopping you from exercising?’ Australia Wide First Aid blog
Special commendations were also awarded to the following journalists:
- Print article – Louise Williams for her article ‘Just one bite: ticks and allergies’, published in the Sydney Morning Herald
- Television segment – Karen O’Sullivan for her story, ‘Allergy vaccine hope’, aired on Channel 7 News
- Radio segment – James Valentine & Laura McAuliffe for their segment ‘World Asthma Day’ aired on Afternoons with James Valentine, 702 ABC Sydney
- Radio segment – Neil Campbell & Tim Bennett for their segment ‘World Asthma Day’ aired on Outback Mornings, 2WEB Outback Radio
2010 award winners
Ms Jill Margo "When exercise has you just running out of puff" The Australian Financial Review.
- Best Print Article - Ms Jill Margo "When exercise has you just running out of puff" The Australian Financial Review
- Best Radio Broadcast - Ms Madonna King "Ask an Expert Asthma" with A/Prof. Charles Mitchell 612 ABC Brisbane
- Best Television Segment - Ms Natasha Beyersdorf and Mr Grant McIntyre "Babies Lungs" 6pm News Bulletin, NBN Television
- Ms Katherine Fleming "Dust mites: Strange bedfellows" Australian Geographic