Thank you to our valued National Asthma Council volunteers

20 May 2024

It’s National Volunteer Week (20-26 May 2024), an opportunity to highlight the important role of volunteers in our community. Volunteering Australia’s theme for National Volunteer Week 2024 is ‘Something for everyone’ recognising the diverse passions and talents everyone can bring to volunteering.

It’s an invitation to explore the myriad of opportunities available, emphasising that there’s a place for everyone in volunteering. Whether you’re drawn to environmental causes, community outreach, education, or beyond, there’s a place where your unique skills and interests can flourish.

The National Asthma Council Australia (NAC) thanks our vital group of expert volunteers that generously devote their time to make a difference in asthma care and management in Australia. We are able to carry out our important work thanks to the generosity of our board, member organisations, advisory groups and committees and other supporters.

The NAC Board consists of independent directors with extensive health, finance and governance experience, and nominee directors from the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA), Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA), Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) and Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). This unique board composition allows the NAC to represent and respond within a diverse healthcare and industry context when setting the strategic direction of the NAC and collaborating on important asthma education and advocacy projects affecting the community and health care professionals.

Our asthma advisory groups help us stay connected to the issues affecting the nursing, pharmacy and medical professions. Each asthma advisory group provides strategic policy and advocacy advice on asthma matters from their profession’s perspective, and identifies future trends and opportunities in asthma care and management. Importantly, the advisory groups provide practical perspectives to guide implementation of asthma policy and research in their specific profession, ensuring that the NAC is not only listening to the needs of these professions that are on the frontline of asthma management but also responding to ensure they can provide the best possible care to their patients.

The NAC Guidelines Committee is a multidisciplinary group chaired by a general practitioner which oversees development of the Australian Asthma Handbook, Australia's national guidelines for asthma management. First published in 1989 and now in its 13th edition, the NAC’s Australian Asthma Handbook continues to set the standard for evidence-based, practical advice for asthma management in primary care.

Our Sensitive Choice Product Advisory Panel reviews and approves products and services to be able to carry the Sensitive Choice blue butterfly. This independent expert panel determines the potential benefit of the product or service to people with asthma and allergies. Only products that go through this rigorous process conducted by the panel can be Sensitive Choice approved.

Thank you to our valued NAC volunteers, this National Volunteer Week, and every week.

Learn more about the NAC’s valued contributors:

Share your story on the Volunteering Australia’s webpage created to celebrate the collection of stories highlighting the diversity of volunteering.


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