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Troubleshooting difficult asthma in adults: Module 1

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This education is accredited: RACGP 2 CPD, ACRRM 1 CME PD.

Asthma care in Australia is primarily managed by GPs. This module aims to support GPs in this role by providing information about asthma control in adults with a particular focus on those patients who are finding it difficult to control their symptoms. This may be due to the nature of the asthma itself, patient co-morbidities, the choice of medication and delivery system, or difficulties with adherence to treatment.

By completing this learning activity, participants will be able to:
  • Summarise the features of good and poor asthma control.
  • Assess patient’s recent asthma symptom control using a validated test.
  • Describe the step-up and step-down approach to asthma treatment
  • Identify the various types of medicine and delivery systems for asthma.
  • Evaluate adherence to these treatments and to asthma plans


The National Asthma Council Australia developed the content of these training modules independently. Publication was supported with a grant from Novartis.

Medical panel:

Dr Justin Coleman, General Practitioner and Medical Writer

Professor Connie Katelaris, Allergist

Dr Peter Piazza, General Practitioner

Ms Judi Wicking, Asthma and Respiratory Educator

Troubleshooting difficult asthma in adults - education
Troubleshooting difficult asthma in adults - evaluation