Rethinking Written Asthma Action Plans – Online Workshop 2: Tools and accessibility


WED 26 JUN 2019

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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM AEST



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As part of Phase II of the National Asthma Council Australia's ‘Rethinking Written Asthma Action Plan’ project, you're invited to join clinicians, policy makers and people with asthma to help us shape the future of asthma care in Australia through a series of online workshops.

What is desirable and achievable regarding WAAPs as a tool? How can accessibility needs be addressed? Our case study comes from Sydney Children’s Hospital Clinical Nurse Consultant Melinda Gray, presenting on her project ‘Towards a standardised format for paediatric WAAPs and school asthma plans’. Participants will then explore the issues in a facilitated discussion.  

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Maree Davidson AM
Maree Davidson AM runs a social change, communications and strategic planning consultancy.  Building on a background in education, community development, advocacy and social policy she has contributed to many well-known health, social and behaviour change initiatives. These have addressed youth, health, racism, human rights, social inequality, environmental sustainability and economic disadvantage. Maree works throughout Australia and internationally with governments, NGOs and community-based organisations assisting them to plan, implement and review their campaigns, programs and policies.  She also works in the corporate sector providing advice around strategic direction, marketing, issues management and increasingly around how to build effective public private partnerships.

Engaging stakeholders and community in processes around issues where they will be affected directly is an ongoing component of Maree’s work. She believes that establishing a connection with those whose opinions and ideas she is seeking is fundamental to encouraging community members and other stakeholders to willingly and constructively engage with the process. Maree is a Founding Member and Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership, Member of the National Coalition Against Bullying (NCAB), Board Member of Fitted for Work and Director of the Board for the Consumer Policy Research Centre.

Melinda Gray
Ms Melinda Gray has been employed as a paediatric registered nurse at Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick, since 2000 and for the past 18 years she has been working in the position of Clinical Nurse Consultant, Paediatric Asthma. Her role has involved the co- coordination of the Aiming For Asthma Improvement in Children Program - a NSW state-wide program facilitating continuity and consistency of care for the child with asthma through collaboration with NSW Ministry of Health, peak asthma consumer and health professional organisations, other health professionals, education departments, childcare organisations, and families/carers.

Melinda has a diverse paediatric nursing background starting her career at Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne and has enjoyed working Internationally at paediatric hospitals including Great Ormond Street, London. She has recently served on the NSW Network of Community Activities Board and is currently an active member on the Asthma Australia Professional Advisory group. She contributes to a number of research and quality improvement projects and is co-author of Asthma and You Child and the Asthma First Aid Management In Schools eBooks.

She is passionate about working alongside clinicians to support policy change and promote the advocacy of children with asthma at both State and National level. 

Christine Burns

Christine holds a Bachelor of Health Science Nursing and is a Clinical Nurse Consultant, Asthma at the Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick. She co-coordinates the Aiming for Asthma Improvement in Children Program, a role that she has been doing since the program’s inception in 2001. Aimed at promoting best practice asthma management strategies and continuity of care between hospital and community services, the program has developed over the years to become a state-wide and national leader in paediatric asthma education, consultancy, and advocacy. 

Aside from paediatric asthma, Christine has a broad adult respiratory background which included 15 years of high acuity respiratory nursing where she held positions of Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nursing Unit Manager at St. George Hospital, Kogarah. During this time she was actively involved in the implementation of the innovative and successful practice of nursing adult Non Invasive Ventilated respiratory failure patients in a ward environment, thus freeing up needy ICU beds – now widely regarded as common practice.

Christine is passionate about standardising paediatric asthma care across the nation through addressing the wide variations in care that currently exist.