Department of Health

Epidemic thunderstorm asthma - resources for health professionals

This material was developed prior to COVID-19. Follow current COVID-19 directions for physical distancing and wearing a face covering when you leave home.

Health professionals including general practitioners, pharmacists and nurses have a vital role to play in reducing the risk to the community from epidemic thunderstorm asthma events.

Optimising diagnosis, clinical care and self-management of asthma and hay fever is the key to responding to the risk of epidemic thunderstorm asthma events. Such an approach will decrease the impact of any subsequent events while also improving the overall health and wellbeing of people with these conditions in between events.

Health professionals can access epidemic thunderstorm asthma training programs and resources, including:

Additional resources are also available from the National Asthma Council.

The department has also published two reports that provide useful background information for health professionals: 

Downloadable resources to share with consumers are available from the campaign toolkit section on this page.

Translated consumer materials can be found on the Thunderstorm asthma – multicultural resource page.

Thunderstorm asthma specific resources are available from the Downloads section on this page. For COVID-19 clinical advice and resources, visit Clinical guidance and resources - COVID-19.

Reviewed 23 October 2021

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