We’re Rethinking Written Asthma Action Plans (WAAPs) as part of our commitment to the National Asthma Strategy 2018 – a targeted and comprehensive approach to optimising asthma diagnosis and management. 

While recognised as an integral part of effective asthma self-management, WAAP uptake is limited with only 40% of children and around a quarter of adults with asthma having one and fewer using it.

We understand that everybody’s asthma is different because everyone’s life is different 

By utilising a comprehensive 3-phase evaluation model, which included consultation with key patient and health professional stakeholders, and a rapid review landscape scan, we’ve developed an action plan for WAAPs which addresses gaps and identifies opportunities for more effective asthma self-management.  

Read more about Phase 1 and 2 

Action plan for action plans 

Drawing on our established networks we are spearheading a series of five collaborative, co-designed and evidence-guided change projects that will optimise asthma self-management and create tools for all Australians.   

1. Revise standardised templates  

Through a co-design approach with consumers we aim to revise standardised templates and advocate for consistent national approaches to plans, including plans for day-to-day management, plans for treating flare-ups, plans for schools and other carer settings, and first aid plans.

2. Pursue technological solutions

We’re looking at the potential for WAAP integration into existing or new technological developments such as My Health Record and primary practice software and updating our own Asthma Buddy

3. Provide workforce support

In collaboration with key stakeholders we’ll be looking at ways to optimise the role of pharmacists and nurses to support uptake of WAAPs while considering factors including existing responsibilities and scope of practice.

4. Raise public awareness

Underpinned by behavioural insights research and utilising patient co-design, we aim to increase WAAP effectiveness and uptake through a public awareness campaign. 

5. Advocate for system changes

By partnering with other health professional bodies, we aim to advocate for change that addresses barriers from a systems perspective, while also identifying sustainable workflow models.

Online webinars

As part of Phase 2 of the project, we invited clinicians, policy makers and people with asthma to help us shape the future of asthma care in Australia through a series of online workshops.

Rethinking Written Asthma Action Plan - Online Workshop 1 recording

Rethinking Written Asthma Action Plan - Online Workshop 2 recording

Rethinking Written Asthma Action Plan - Online Workshop 3 recording

Rethinking Written Asthma Action Plan - Online Workshop 4 recording