Asthma WA is developing a new pilot service for children with asthma and related respiratory conditions. This new and innovative service is being developed based on feedback from our families who often tell us about the difficulties they experience in obtaining a diagnosis, responsive treatment and assessment for their children in a timely manner. Asthma can be difficult to diagnose and optimise in children, and sometimes requires several appointments bridging different health professionals across hospital and community services. Families have to take time off school and work, deal with waiting lists, and sometimes travel to and from hospital clinics. Asthma WA hopes to alleviate some of this stress and expense through the development of this new service – with the aim of working closely with your GP and our Respiratory Educators closer to home.
The Paediatric Respiratory Hub will combine paediatric respiratory testing and an appointment with an Asthma WA Respiratory Educator, as well as a consultation with a Paediatric Respiratory Specialist (if required). This will aim to be a coordinated appointment in the one location, feeding back to those people involved in your care.
The service is currently in development with the support of Telethon 7, Stan Perron Charitable Foundation, South Metropolitan Health Service and Cockburn Integrated Care, Perth Children’s Hospital Respiratory Department, and Fiona Stanley Hospital Paediatric Department. Appointments will initially be available in West Perth and Cockburn, with a view to expand the service depending on demand and funding.
To learn more about this exciting pilot project or how to refer, call us on 1800 ASTHMA (1800 278 462) or follow us on Facebook for updates.