Asthma management plan awareness month 2018
The prevalence of asthma in the Latrobe Valley area is comparable to that observed in metropolitan Melbourne and the rest of the state. However, the rates of admission to hospital and episodes requiring emergency care surpass the state average.
This suggests that although the number of cases in the Latrobe Valley region is not overly high, these cases are not being managed in such a way that prevents their acute exacerbation. This highlights a need for better asthma management, rather than asthma prevention.
In June 2018, the Latrobe Health Assembly launched the #Scarfie campaign, an awareness campaign to promote the importance of having an up to date asthma management plan.
The campaign featured shopping centre stalls at Mid-Valley, Moe Plaza, Churchill Shopping Centre, Traralgon Plaza and Federation University. At each location health professionals held informal chats privately with shoppers about their asthma condition and provided
the opportunity to book them into local medical centres to prepare an asthma management plan.
The #Scarfie campaign resulted in the following outcomes:
- Total number of people approached by clinicians in the June campaign (with or without asthma): 1,398
- Number of participants who completed the forms: 238
- Number of participants who consented to follow-up telephone calls: 194
- Out of the 194 participants who consented to follow-up telephone calls, the number that were able to be contacted was 108
- Out of these 108 participants, 51 participants made a doctor’s appointment, 37 participants did not make a doctor’s appointment and 20 participants chose to not provide any answers to the questionnaire
- Out of the 51 participants who made a doctors’ appointment, 31 participants now have a current asthma management plan and the other 20 participants are still waiting for their doctors’ appointment
- Out of the 31 participants who have a current asthma management plan, 30 participants are confident with their asthma management plan
- Out of the 37 participants who did not make a doctors’ appointment, 27 participants are intending to make a doctors’ appointment and 13 participants already have an asthma management plan
- Out of the 13 participants who have a current asthma management plan; 10 participants are confident with their asthma management plan.
- The total reach for #Scarfie social media campaign was 20,627 people.
The Asthma management awareness month also provided specialised seminars to healthcare workers within the Latrobe Valley with 41 participants in attendance.
The aim of the health industry information session was to engage and educate Health Professionals (GP’s, Nurses, Pharmacists, Aboriginal Healthcare Workers, Practice Managers and other interested health professionals) in the Latrobe City with information on the latest research, treatment, and local service provision availability for the management of asthma.