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Learn About Lungs: Teacher's Toolkit

Written by Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ on May 1st, 2018. 0 comments

The revolutionary new online ‘Teachers’ Asthma Toolkit’ is a first for New Zealand and has been developed over the past twelve months. The toolkit was designed for teachers to have all the important information about asthma in one place. 

Amongst a whole host of benefits the new ‘Teachers’ Asthma Toolkit’ will cover how asthma affects education, what asthma is, the common triggers, how asthma is treated and what to do in an emergency. The toolkit takes an integrated approach so it can be used as part of a teacher learning experience about asthma and the basis for staff meeting discussion; but can be incorporated into the classroom if teachers desire. It can be used across the board in pre-schools, primary and secondary schools, although the main focus has been on children aged 11 years and under, where asthma levels are the highest.   

Teresa Demetriou, Head of Education and Research at Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ, who has been leading the project, said: “It’s great to see all the work finally come together to create this fantastic online tool for teachers. It’s up to us in the medical profession to provide simple, easy to use resources that could well save lives.”   

Asthma Foundation CE, Letitia Harding says, "We are extremely proud that we have been able to launch the ‘Teachers’ Asthma Toolkit’, our new online resource, a first for New Zealand. There just hasn’t been the right tools to help and assist the teaching profession with the increasing numbers of pupils with asthma. How should you respond in school to an asthma emergency? What are the common school triggers? What are the correct processes and procedures? How can we teach our children about this? It’s unfair to expect teachers to know what to do without that support and knowledge. Now we can provide this.”   

The ‘Teachers’ Asthma Toolkit’ is accessed via an interactive asthma education website