The arrival of spring is a timely reminder of the risks thunderstorm asthma can pose to many people our community.
The thunderstorm on Monday, 21 November 2016 triggered an unprecedented thunderstorm asthma event in metropolitan Melbourne and Geelong. Apart from causing a significant demand on emergency services, sadly nine lives were lost.
As a result, the Asthma Foundation of Victoria (AFV) will deliver a series of free Thunderstorm Asthma Community Education Sessions across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria, including in the City of Whittlesea.
The sessions will cover the following topics:
*What is Thunderstorm Asthma.
*Who is at risk of Thunderstorm Asthma.
*How do you respond to a thunderstorm asthma event.
*How to perform Asthma First Aid.
*The link between asthma and hay fever.
*Basic overview of asthma and medications.
Session locations & times are as follows:
Wednesday 20 September, 2pm-3.30pm, Fountain View Room, Civic Centre,
Friday 20 October, 4pm-5.30pm, Whittlesea Community Activity Centre (CAC)
Thursday 30th Nov, 11am -12.30pm, Galada Community Centre
Anyone who attends will receive a Thunderstorm Asthma Information Pack and refreshments will be provided.