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Childhood asthma management

Asthma is a chronic disease in which inflammation and narrowing of the small airways in the lungs cause combinations of cough, wheeze, shortness of breath and chest tightness. At the moment there is no cure, but it can be managed.

It is one of the most common reasons that children visit doctors, miss days at school or are admitted to hospital. It is estimated that around one in 10 Australian children have asthma.

How we can help

North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) supports primary health care providers to treat and manage people with asthma. It does this by:

NWMPHN has also been part of the Victorian Department of Health Improving Childhood Asthma Management (ICAM) project in the inner west of Melbourne. The project improves the use and understanding of asthma action plans, helping management of paediatric asthma, whether at home, school or in the health care setting.

Quality improvement activities

One of the key issues identified by the ICAM project is the need to enhance the utilisation and comprehension of asthma action plans, which play a crucial role in effective paediatric asthma management. By improving the understanding of asthma action plans, this project helps with asthma management in various settings, including home, school, and healthcare facilities.

Our quality improvement (QI) Asthma Review and Asthma Action Plan templates are available for general practices to improve patient outcomes and deliver best practice care.

Visit our QI activity hub to download these:

  1. Increase the number of paediatric patients who have had a 6-monthly asthma review (moderate to severe asthma)
  2. Increase the number of paediatric patients who have a complete asthma action plan

If you have any questions please phone (03) 9347 1188 or email