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.More Information
These informal 30 minute to an hour sessions fit nicely into a staff meeting and cover:
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.
“Great professional development” – Centre Manager
“Highly recommend these sessions. We learnt so much in half an hour” – Teacher
For primary schools, the process can result in an Asthma Friendly School certification.
“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.”
Christine Briasco is a Public Health Nurse in the Hastings area. She shares with us her experiences and thoughts in our Testimonial video.
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.
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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