Asthma Education – Schools and Early Childhood

Boosting confidence, ensuring those caring for our children are equipped to manage an asthma first aid situation, our respiratory nurse educators visit schools, early childhood centre or kōhanga and deliver free education and advice to staff.

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Asthma Education

What we cover

These informal 30 minute to an hour sessions fit nicely into a staff meeting and cover:

  • Asthma signs – what to look out for
  • Asthma triggers – what sets off asthma
  • Asthma First Aid – Up to date procedures for dealing with an attack and administering medication
  • Asthma resources – a leave behind resource for staff to refer to in the future

There is usually time for a question and answer session too, giving staff an opportunity to settle any queries. These sessions can also be delivered to parents/caregivers at a time and location convenient to the group.

What past participants have to say….

“Great professional development” – Centre Manager

“Highly recommend these sessions. We learnt so much in half an hour” – Teacher

For Primary Schools

Asthma Friendly School certification

For primary schools, the process can result in an Asthma Friendly School certification.

From a local Principal…..

“Everyone needs to know what to do in an asthma emergency. The school has put a number of measures in place including individual medication set-ups in our sick-bay area and ammended our enrolment form to specifically identify asthmatic tamariki. We’re then able to pass this onto the Public Health team.”

We can work alongside the Public Health Nurses in Hawke's Bay Schools

Christine Briaso, Public Health Nurse

Christine Briasco is a Public Health Nurse in the Hastings area. She shares with us her experiences and thoughts in our Testimonial video.

Asthma rates in our children

1 in 7 kiwi kids live with asthma

Each year 26,000 of our tamariki are admitted to hospital due to this respiratory illness. Māori and Pasfika children are more likely to be affected than other ethnicities and socio-economics also plays a role in asthma frequency rates.





Learn the 6 asthma emergency steps in Te Reo Māori

with our Asthma Friendly Schools and Preschools Ambassador: Harlem-Cruz Ihaia - Miss Universe NZ 2017

Harlem-Cruz is a qualified Kōhanga Reo teacher and an asthmatic herself. She knows what it is like to struggle to breathe and watch others struggle too.

For this reason, she has put her hand up to come and support the work that we here at Breathe Hawke’s Bay do. Check out the video she helped us put together this year for te wiki o te reo Māori (Māori language week.)

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