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Lecture Overview

In order to manage asthma, and provide comprehensive and relevant education for patients and families, it is essential to understand the underlying pathophysiology. This session will review what happens to the airways during an asthma event, common asthma treatments and the long-term effects.


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Michelle Sammann

Michelle Sammann has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Laboratory Science) and is currently the Acting Education and Training Manager at Asthma Australia. Michelle started her career as a Medical Scientist working in hospital pathology laboratories in Melbourne. Switching careers, she began working as a trainer/assessor in 2003, gaining a Cert. IV in Training and Assessment and a Vocational Graduate Certificate in Anaphylaxis Management Training in 2008. For the past 15 years, Michelle has worked for The Asthma Foundation of Victoria and Asthma Australia in various roles including as an asthma educator, licensed trainer, asthma COACH®, first aid course consultant, integrated care coordinator as well as delivering emergency asthma management, thunderstorm asthma and anaphylaxis awareness sessions to the public and community groups. In addition, she delivers ‘Train the Trainer’ courses in asthma and anaphylaxis and is currently involved in the development of a Certificate IV in Community Asthma Services. Michelle is passionate about asthma education and best practice healthcare for people living with asthma. See Educator Profile


61 Total Rating(s)
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Katie caldwell
22 Mar 2020

Informative and useful. Reinforced my knowledge in this area and provided me with new knowledge to consider in my patient care

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karmen Forscutt
01 Dec 2019

This resource was very informative and enabled me to obtain a better understanding of the pathophysiology of asthma, triggers, symptoms, and treatments. This newly gained information will definitely be beneficial within my practice.

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Craig Broomhall
29 Aug 2019

Excellent presentation to brush up and gain new knowledge.

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Claire Louise Jackson Jackson
17 Jul 2019

Very informative

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Sarah Edmonds
08 Jul 2019

This resource provided excellent Asthma education, what causes Asthma attacks, Asthma pathophysiology and how to prevent Asthma attacks.

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Andrew Scott
01 Jul 2019

was hardly about the pathophysiology at all.

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Jose Rancudo
30 Jun 2019

Learning new resources and trategies gives me more confidence in my line of work.

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Jose Rancudo
30 Jun 2019

Learning new resources gives me more confidence and strategies in my field of work.

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Matthew lawrence
21 Jun 2019

Excellent!!! some diagrams would assist the more complicated mechanism, however still easy to follow.

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Josephine Irwin
16 Jun 2019

A great resource to reinforce existing knowledge and to get back to the basics of understanding asthma. The pathophysiology and the causes, triggers, signs, symptoms and treatments. I can improve my knowledge and be confident in my ability to educate patients and their families.