WITH more than one person in Australia dying every day from asthma, a Moama pharmacy is aiming to raise awareness of the condition.
This week is National Asthma Week which Moama Village Pharmacy pharmacist Sherri Barden said was the perfect opportunity to raise awareness and optimise management in its patients and the wider community.
Recently trained as an asthma educator, Ms Barden said she was available to discuss and manage asthma.
Asthma action plans are an integral part of asthma management and asthmatics are urged to discuss them with their GP.
‘‘We know only one quarter of patients have a current asthma action plan,’’ Ms Barden said.
‘‘With almost 90 per cent of patients not getting the full benefit of their inhalers, one-on-one discussion is a great opportunity for them to raise any concerns, discuss triggers and ensure they get more benefit out of their inhalers.
‘‘Asthma is potentially life threatening and by raising awareness, we aim to reduce the toll on our local community.’’
As part of National Asthma Week, appointments with Ms Barden are free on Thursday and Friday.
Call Moama Village Pharmacy on 54809555 to make an appointment.
Appointments with Ms Barden will also be available on a permanent basis at the pharmacy.