Thunderstorm asthma: resources on risk and how to respond

A range of new posters illustrating four steps of asthma first aid in a range of languages are available for those working with culturally diverse communities.

In November 2016, nine people died and 8,500 sought hospital treatment in Melbourne due to thunderstorm asthma. 

While people with asthma and hay fever are most at risk, many of those affected in 2016 had never experienced asthma or hay fever symptoms before. 

Although the weather conditions that led to the epidemic are rare, these new resources provide important preparation for the coming grass pollen season before and during thunderstorms that occur from October to December. 

If you assist culturally diverse communities with community education, learn more about thunderstorm asthma, inform people of the symptoms and download the posters from the Better Health Channel website.