Information paper

Asthma & Lung Function Tests

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This information paper provides an up-to-date summary of lung function testing for asthma, including practical advice on how to perform spirometry accurately and effectively, and when peak flow should be considered.


This information paper was prepared in consultation with the following health professionals:

  • Professor John Upham, respiratory physician and clinical scientist
  • Associate Professor Debbie Burton, respiratory scientist
  • Associate Professor David P. Johns, respiratory scientist
  • Dr Steven Rudolphy, general practitioner
  • Ms Marg Gordon, asthma educator
  • Ms Judi Wicking, asthma educator

And with the assistance of Ms Lesh Karan, medical writer.

Supported through funding from the Australian Government Department of Health.

Recommended citation:

National Asthma Council Australia
Asthma and Lung Function Tests: An information paper for health professionals
Melbourne: National Asthma Council Australia, 2012.

Patient brochure

A corresponding version of this information paper has been developed for people with asthma and their carers: Asthma & Lung Function Tests: A guide to breathing tests for asthma


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Although all care has been taken, this information paper is only a general guide; it is not a substitute for assessment of appropriate courses of treatment on a case-by-case basis. The National Asthma Council Australia expressly disclaims all responsibility (including negligence) for any loss, damage or personal injury resulting from reliance on the information contained.

© 2012

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