We are only able to carry out our important work thanks to the generosity of our board, member organisations, advisory groups and committees and all of our other supporters.
Dr Jonathan Burdon AM, Respiratory Physician
Ms Julianne Badenoch, Practice Nurse
Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association representative
Professor Robert Heddle, Pathologist
Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy representative
Mr Stephen Hughes, Community Pharmacist
Pharmaceutical Society of Australia representative
Dr Bastian Seidel, Clinical Professor and General Practitioner
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners representative
Dr Joanna Wriedt, Lawyer
Chief Executive Officer
Ms Kristine Whorlow AM
Committees & Advisory Bodies
Each group consists health professionals with a special interest in asthma. Members come from across Australia and represent a wide range of professional experience and expert knowledge.
We are indebted to the dedicated health professionals who volunteer their time and expertise as members of these Groups.
- Finance Committee: Chair, Mr Stephen Hughes
- Guidelines Committee: Chair, Prof. Amanda Barnard
- General Practitioners' Asthma Group: Chair, Dr Kerry Hancock
- Pharmacists' Asthma Group: Chair, Mr Marcus Weidinger
- Sensitive Choice Product Advisory Panel
General Practitioners' Asthma Group
The General Practitioners’ Asthma Group (GPAG) principally aims to co-ordinate the expertise, enthusiasm and skills of general practitioners who have a special interest in the management of asthma.
GPAG was formed in the early 1990s, soon after the National Asthma Council was established. Since 2008, it has also acted as the GP advisory group of the Lung Foundation Australia.
GPAG welcomes expressions of interest and input. Please contact us via email.
- To provide a coordinated general practitioner input on the management of asthma to other asthma stakeholder groups
- To conduct Australia-wide research at a general practice level on the prevalence and management of asthma
- To develop a network of general practitioners with a special interest in asthma
- To establish links between the GPAG committee and national and international primary care organisations.
- To help in the coordination and dissemination of new technology and information to general practitioners in a format applicable to their needs
- To influence hospital specialists in the production of protocols and guidelines for the management of asthma.
- To provide general practitioners with up-to-date information from general practice colleagues working in the field of asthma.
- To see ultimately an improvement in the delivery of care to patients with a subsequent reduction in the burden experienced by patients with asthma.
GPAG members are GPs with a keen interest in asthma from around Australia.
The GPAG reports, through its Chairperson, to the Board.
Pharmacists' Asthma Group
The Pharmacists' Asthma Group (PAG) principally aims to co-ordinate the expertise, enthusiasm and skills of pharmacists who have a special interest in the management of asthma.
PAG welcomes expressions of interest and input. Please contact us via email.
- To support the objectives of the National Asthma Council Australia
- To provide opportunities and advice for the National Asthma Council Australia to liaise effectively with pharmacy.
- Through the National Asthma Council Australia, provide leadership on asthma management issues in pharmacy.
- To coordinate active developments in asthma management in pharmacy.
The members are community pharmacists from around Australia with an interest in asthma, plus representation from the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia.
The Pharmacists’ Asthma Group reports through its Chairman to the Board.
The Guidelines Committee oversees development of the the Australian Asthma Handbook, Australia's national guidelines for asthma management. It has recently finished working on a minor update to the current edition of the Australian Asthma Handbook version 1.0. This new update, version 1.1, was published in April 2015.
First published in 1989 and now in its seventh edition, the National Asthma Council Australia'sAustralian Asthma Handbook continues to set the standard for evidence-based, practical advice for asthma management in primary care.
A collaborative, multidisciplinary effort, development of the Handbook involved more than 100 leading health professionals dedicated to asthma. The Guidelines Committee is a small, multidisciplinary group chaired by a general practitioner.
Visit the Australian Asthma Handbook website
The National Asthma Council Australia is a collaboration of four member bodies, representatives of which comprise the NAC Board alongside our independent director(s).
Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association
APNA is the peak professional body for nurses working in primary health care including general practice. With more than 4000 members, APNA provide primary health care nurses with a voice, access to quality continuing professional development, educational resources, support and networking opportunities. APNA continually strives to increase awareness of the role of the primary health care nurse, and to be a dynamic and vibrant organisation for its members.
Primary health care nursing is wide ranging and covers many specialist areas including general practice, Aboriginal health, aged care, occupational health and safety, telephone triage, palliative care, sexual health, drug and alcohol issues, women’s health, men’s health, infection control, chronic disease management, cardiovascular care, immunisation, cancer, asthma, COPD, mental health, maternal and child health, health promotion, care plans, population health, diabetes, wound management and much more. Visit apna.asn.au
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners is the professional organisation that focuses on the safety and quality of general practice.
The College’s mission is to improve health and wellbeing for all Australians by supporting general practitioners, registrars and medical students by assessing doctors skills and knowledge, supplying ongoing professional development activities, developing resources and guidelines, helping general practitioners with issues that affect their practice and development standards that general practices use as part of the accreditation processes. Visit racgp.org.au
The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) is the peak national professional pharmacy organisation representing approximately 75 per cent of pharmacists across Australia.
PSA has a dual function, supporting pharmacists’ commitment to high standards of patient care and continuing professional education, and representing their role as frontline health professionals. PSA’s primary role is to provide initial and ongoing education, training and practice support for pharmacists and pharmacy staff. Visit psa.org.au
Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy
The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) is a professional medical organisation, comprised predominantly of Clinical Immunologists, Allergy Specialists and Immunology Scientists.
The mission of ASCIA is to advance the science and practice of clinical immunology and allergy, by promoting education and the highest standard of ethical medical practice. Visit allergy.org.au
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