Pharmacy partnership to boost services for asthma sufferers

Asthma Australia and TerryWhite Chemmart have entered a three-year partnership to support people with asthma across Australia.

Beginning with this month’s ‘Back to School’ asthma campaign, TerryWhite Chemmart has pledged funding and in-store support to help Asthma Australia reach a broader audience.

“This partnership allows us to strengthen our presence in the community, building on work we’ve done in other healthcare settings,” Asthma Australia CEO Michele Goldman said.

The ‘Back to School’ asthma campaign reminds parents to update asthma action plans and give them to schools, alongside spare medication, to minimise the risk of severe asthma flareups at school.

As well as awareness-raising activities, TerryWhite Chemmart pharmacists will connect consumers with Asthma Australia’s support services, including the 1800 ASTHMA Helpline (1800 278 462), and will raise funds to support people with asthma.

“We’re delighted with this partnership, as it offers us the opportunity to add real value to the services we provide to people with asthma,” Terry White Chemmart CEO Anthony White said.

The overuse of reliever medication in the Australian asthma population has been shown in recent studies, and one of Asthma Australia’s key aims is to support people with asthma in using medication properly.

Pharmacies play a key role in this aim, having regular contact with asthma sufferers who must access medication via pharmacies. Asthma-reliever medication is available to buy without prescription.

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