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filling out; being filled out by other
family members on their behalf; and
being too busy to follow up. Those
who self referred from newspaper
advertising all converted to clinics.
The trial program recommended that
Asthma Australia note this positive
outcome and further develop the
relationship between Foundations
and pharmacies to better support
people with asthma and linked
conditions to breathe better.
The Asthma Foundation Northern
Territory (AFNT) routinely offers a
placement program to third and
fourth year pharmacy students
through a local university. It has
worked well for several years and
is being considered as a model
for replication in other states and
• First contact occurs in third year.
Third year students are provided
with device information including
all asthma medicine, spacer
• Following on from this, fourth year
students revise this information
with competency components as
well as applying their knowledge
to scenarios for the pharmacy
setting. Discussion occurs around
actual experiences students may
have had, how they responded,
and how they could educate on
use/care of devices and spacers.
Instruction also takes place
looking at language -- talking
to consumers, use of visual
aids, resources and providing
information on asthma first aid.
• During the fourth year students
spend a week with AFNT staff
and are exposed to a wide
variety of activities (with clients'
permission). This includes
training sessions, AFNT and
hospital asthma education
consults, group education
sessions and other community
Students observe consultations,
education and interaction with
doctors and consumers. They
are then given the opportunity
to conduct certain components
of consultations. This might
include explaining the pathology
of asthma, demonstrating how
to use a device, or explaining the
difference between reliever and
Foundation staff are required
to conduct assessments
and provide feedback to the
university regarding the students'
performance whilst on placement.
Overall, the program is a great
success, with Foundation staff
receiving positive feedback from the
students. The students recommend
the program to their colleagues as a
worthwhile, practical placement.
This invaluable experience enables
students to see firsthand the work
that asthma educators carry out,
including problem solving, device
use and education interventions.
This experience provides insights for
future pharmacists into the issues
and concerns that people with
asthma may face. As well as the
practical experience, it showcases
the work that the Foundation
conducts, and increases the
likelihood of utilising the range of
services in the future.
Further information is available from
Asthma Australia National Programs
Manager, Paula Murray. (paula.
Further information for consumers --
tel: 1800 645 130
Translating and Interpreting Service
13 14 50.
1. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Asthma
[online]. At: www.aihw.gov.au/asthma-and-chronic-
respiratory-diseases/ (last updated December 2010).
2. Basheti A, Armour CL, Bosnic-Antivich SZ, et al.
Evaluation of a novel education strategy, including
inhaler-based reminder labels, to improve asthma
inhaler technique. Patient Educ Couns. 2008;
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