ASTHMA and ANAPHYLAXIS

Every part of your body needs oxygen from the air you breathe in order to survive. The lungs are designed to absorb oxygen from the air and transfer it into the bloodstream.

There are many diseases that stop the lungs from working as well as they could.
Some of these diseases include:

A little physical activity, breathing exercises and correct medications can help a person with lung disease. A person with lung disease has to work harder to get enough oxygen. They often use extra muscles to breathe, such as the muscles of the neck and shoulders. If the lungs are stiff and inflexible, the diaphragm has to work harder too. Feeling short of breath is one of the most common symptoms of lung disease.

Castlemaine District Community Health offers a range of services to help people manage lung conditions, including asthma and anaphylaxis education, Quit sessions, dietetic appointments and exercise groups.

 

 


ANAPHYLAXIS EDUCATION

Anaphylaxis is the most severe form of allergic reaction and is potentially life threatening. Anaphylaxis should be treated as a medical emergency requiring immediate treatment.

Common triggers of anaphylaxis include some foods, insect venom and some medications.

The symptoms of anaphylaxis may occur almost immediately after exposure or within 20 minutes of exposure. Rapid onset and development of potentially life threatening symptoms are characteristic markers of anaphylaxis.

People who have a severe allergy or are at risk of anaphylaxis require a comprehensive management plan.

Our Community Health Care Nurse is an accredited Anaphylaxis Educator. She provides consultations for adults and children which includes education about the causes, management and avoidance of anaphylaxis triggers

Sessions are designed to provide information and education to assist people/families living with anaphylaxis to understand and manage the condition. These sessions assist people to feel in control and to maintain a sense of wellbeing.

To Arrange an Appointment
Phone our reception desk on(03) 5479 1000.

Cost: $10 per session
Should payment of this fee stop you using this service, please make this known to the Receptionist.

 

 


ASTHMA EDUCATION

Asthma is a common condition caused by narrowing of the small air passages (breathing tubes/bronchi) in the lungs. The narrowing happens because the air passages become swollen and inflamed. It is harder for air to get through causing wheezing, coughing and breathing problems.

Asthma can usually be well controlled with the right treatment.  It is recommended that every person with asthma has an Asthma Management Plan.

Our Community Health Care Nurse is an accredited Asthma Educator. She provides consultations for adults and children which include an assessment, education, and Asthma Management Planning.

Sessions are designed to provide information and education to assist people/families living with asthma to understand and manage the condition.

The first appointment is a 60 minute consultation. Following sessions will be shorter, depending on need.

Education sessions are also available to schools, health professionals and community groups.

Asthma information, pamphlets, books and DVDs are also available.

Eligibility
One on one education and support is available to people of all ages with asthma, along with carers/parents. You need to have been diagnosed as having asthma but you do not need a referral.

Please bring asthma medications and devices to the consultation.

To Arrange an Appointment
Phone reception on (03) 5479 1000.

Cost: Each session costs $10
Should payment of this fee stop you using this service, please make this known to the Receptionist.

 

 


QUIT

The Quit Program aims to help individuals QUIT smoking and to support them during the process. One on one sessions are available with the Community Health Nurse who is an accredited QUIT educator.

To Arrange an Appointment
Phone reception on (03) 5479 1000.

Cost: Each session costs $10
Should payment of this fee stop you using this service, please make this known to the Receptionist.