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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : April 29th 2009
4 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, April 30, 2009 MB NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Action plan could save lives SHIREEN KHALIL Bavani Satyadasan at Lidcombe Childcare Centre wants more children suffering from asthma to have an action plan for the illness. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP270939 A NEW survey has revealed parents could be doing more to help control their children's asthma. The Australia-wide survey shows that, while 94 per cent of parents see it as a serious childhood illness, only 33 per cent of parents whose children have the condition have a written action plan as recommended by Asthma Foundations Australia. The plan, which is a written set of instructions, helps sufferers and their carers recognise worsening symptoms, start treatment quickly, and seek the right medical assistance. Lidcombe childcare supervisor of 21 years Bavani Satyadasan said of 15 students who have asthma, only two have an action plan. ''A lot of parents don't bring or have an action plan and it's very important because we don't know what to do without it,'' Mrs Satyadasan said. ''It tells us what time the children need to take their medication and has a set of instructions which helps us manage the children.'' Asthma Foundations Australia CEO Robin Ould said having a written plan had provided great results for asthma sufferers all over the world. ''The survey highlights the need to get the message out that asthma is an illness that can be managed,'' Ms Ould said. More than 900 parents took part in the survey, which is in support of World Asthma Day on May 5, and it showed that one in five children required urgent medical treatment for their asthma. ''The theme of World Asthma Day is 'You can control your asthma' . . . particularly at this time of year, when cold air and colds and flus tend to trigger asthma in so many children,'' Ms Ould said. Asthma Foundations Australia urges parents to visit a doctor at least three times over four months to develop an individually prescribed written plan for their children who have the illness. MP in flu hot spot REBECCA WOOLLEY and FIONA BRADY LOWE Federal Labor MP John Murphy and his wife Adriana say they are taking every precaution to stay healthy while they are in Mexico -- the centre of the swine flu epidemic. The Inner West MP is part of a parliamentary delegation that ar- rived in Mexico City on Monday. His press officer, Gerald Gilchrist, said he had spoken to Mr Murphy (pictured) on Tuesday morning. ''John informs me that he is observing Mexico's response to the situation and is impressed with how they are managing the outbreak,'' Mr Gilchrist said. ''He also informs that no mem- ber of the delegation is sick and that they are taking precautions to ensure that they remain healthy.'' Meanwhile, residents who have returned from overseas in the past week and who have developed flu- like symptoms should contact their local GP or hospital, Health Minister John Della Bosca has warned. NSW chief health officer Kerry Chant said 17 people in the state with flu-like symptoms had been followed up by public health units and five displayed symptoms which met the definition of swine flu. They had been tested further and doctors were wait- ing for the results. Mr Della Bosca said NSW Health was carefully monitoring the situ- ation and was in close contact with the Federal Government to issue public health advice as it became available. ''Australia has good communi- cable disease surveillance and control systems in place to detect and respond to outbreaks of ill- ness,'' he said. Symptoms of swine flu are simi- lar to regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue and in some cases diar- rhoea and vomiting. Emergency departments and doctors have been put on alert for any cases of the strain of flu detected in travellers returning from overseas. ''I would urge anyone with flu- like symptoms such as fever, cough and fatigue who has re- turned from overseas within the past seven days to contact their local public health unit, GP or emergency department,'' Mr Della Bosca said. Open Day Sunday 3 May, 11am--3pm Join us to experience an innovative and inclusive co-educational environment. • Take Guided Tours • View Curriculum Displays • Enjoy Drama & Music Performances • Talk to Teachers, Students and Parents An Alumni Reunion will be held on the day Rosebank College: An independent co-educational Catholic college, preparing young men and women for a contemporary world. Rosebank College 1A Harris Road, Five Dock E: email@example.com Ph: 9713 3100 www.rosebank.nsw.edu.au Looking for business banking expertise? It pays to talk to a local. Commonwealth Bank of Australia ABN 48 123 123 124. 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