Rethinking Written Asthma Action Plans – Online Workshop 1: An overview and initial findings


FRI 21 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.

Our panel will present the project work to date including the purpose, stages, key findings and take out messages. We will also cover the format for the three following workshops, and give you a chance to get your questions answered. 

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Dr Joanna Wriedt
Dr Joanna Wriedt MSc, PhD, JD, GAICD has been an independent director of the National Asthma Council Australia since 2013 and Chair since 2018. She has qualifications in medical research and law, as well as a sound grounding and experience in governance, policy and health in the not-for-profit, legal and government sectors. She sits on a number of entities involved in regulatory matters dealing with human health, safety and the environment. 

Ms Siobhan Brophy
Ms Siobhan Brophy, BOptom, GradCertArts(Comms), GAICD, is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Asthma Council Australia. As CEO, she leads a small yet dynamic organisation that is the nation’s trusted expert in asthma, working to build Australia’s capabilities in helping people with asthma to breathe well.

Siobhan was previously the Strategy & Communications Manager with the Asthma Council. During her decade in that role, she oversaw revitalisation of the Australian Asthma Handbook (the national treatment guidelines for asthma) and led development of the National Asthma Strategy (the country’s blueprint for tackling asthma). She is a health communications professional with a primary care foundation as a community optometrist.

Bringing together her clinical background and communications experience, she has a strong commitment to evidence-based medicine, patient-centred care and improving health literacy.

Dr Amelia Lake
Dr Amelia Lake is a Research Fellow at the ACBRD. Amelia joined the Centre in 2013 to manage the Diabetes and Eye Health Project, a Vision 2020 Australia-funded program to promote retinal screening for those at increased risk of vision loss from diabetic retinopathy.  Amelia’s program of PhD research involved the development and evaluation of an evidence-based eye health resource for young adults with type 2 diabetes, one of the key priority populations within the Diabetes and Eye Health project.

Amelia currently leads a qualitative sub-study of the NHMRC-funded GP-OSMOTIC trial, examining the role of retrospective continuous glucose monitoring in adults with type 2 diabetes in primary care. Amelia has considerable experience in the management of research projects, including randomised controlled trials and process evaluations.  Amelia’s principle research interests focus on methods to promote translation and uptake of research findings in preventative health, the self¬-management of chronic conditions and in promoting health behaviour change. Amelia has a special interest in working with consumer and health professional groups to enable translation of evidence-based research into practice.

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.

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.