We are only able to carry out our important work thanks to the generosity of our board, member organisations, advisory groups and committees and all of our other supporters.
Dr Joanna Wriedt, Lawyer
Ms Julianne Badenoch, Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife
Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association Nominee Director
Professor Amanda Barnard, General Practitioner
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Nominee Director
Dr Sara Barnes, Clinical Immunologist and Allergy Specialist
Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy Nominee Director
Dr Stephen Hughes, Community Pharmacist
Pharmaceutical Society of Australia Nominee Director
Professor Peter Wark, Adult Respiratory Physician
Chief Executive Officer
Ms Siobhan Brophy
Committees & Advisory Bodies
Each group consists health professionals with a special interest in asthma. Members come from across Australia and represent a wide range of professional experience and expert knowledge.
We are indebted to the dedicated health professionals who volunteer their time and expertise as members of these Groups.
- Finance Committee: Chair, Dr Stephen Hughes
- Guidelines Committee: Chair, Professor Amanda Barnard
- General Practitioners Asthma Advisory Group
- Nurses Asthma Advisory Group
- Pharmacists Asthma Advisory Group
- Sensitive Choice Product Advisory Panel
General Practitioners Asthma Advisory Group
The General Practitioners’ Asthma Group was formed in the early 1990s, soon after the National Asthma Council was established. From 2008-2016, it also acted as the GP advisory group of the Lung Foundation Australia.
Revamped and re-named in 2018, the General Practitioners Asthma Advisory Group (GPAAG) principally aims to provide expertise and advice from the GP perspective to help the NAC meet its objectives. The purpose is to maintain the relevance, accuracy and impact of the NAC’s work and to facilitate engagement between the NAC and key stakeholders in general practice.
GPAAG welcomes expressions of interest and input. Please complete the Expressions of Interest form.
- To provide strategic policy and advocacy advice on asthma matters from the GP perspective.
- To identify and share current and potential future trends in general practice.
- To identify gaps and opportunities in asthma, and provide advice for addressing these in general practice.
- To offer a practical perspective to guide implementation of asthma policy and research in general practice.
GPAAG members are GPs with an interest in asthma from around Australia.
The GPAAG reports, through its Chairperson, to the Board.
Nurses Asthma Advisory Group
Established in 2018, the Nurses Asthma Advisory Group (NAAG) principally aims to provide expertise and advice from the practice nurse perspective to help the NAC meet its objectives. The purpose is to maintain the relevance, accuracy and impact of the NAC’s work and to facilitate engagement between the NAC and practice nurse stakeholders.
NAAG welcomes expressions of interest and input. Please complete the Expressions of Interest form.
- To provide strategic policy and advocacy advice on asthma matters from the practice nurse perspective.
- To identify and share current and potential future trends in practice nursing.
- To identify gaps and opportunities in asthma, and provide advice for addressing these within the scope of practice nursing.
- To offer a practical perspective to guide implementation of asthma policy and research in practice nursing.
NAAG members are practice nurses from around Australia with an interest in asthma.
The NAAG reports, through its Chairperson, to the Board.
Pharmacists Asthma Advisory Group
Revamped in 2018, the Pharmacists Asthma Advisory Group (PAAG) principally aims to provide expertise and advice from the pharmacy perspective to help the NAC meet its objectives. The purpose is to maintain the relevance, accuracy and impact of the NAC’s work and to facilitate engagement between the NAC and key stakeholders in community pharmacy.
PAAG welcomes expressions of interest and input. Please complete the Expressions of Interest form.
- To provide strategic policy and advocacy advice on asthma matters from the pharmacist perspective.
- To identify and share current and potential future trends in community pharmacy.
- To identify gaps and opportunities in asthma, and provide advice for addressing these in community pharmacy.
- To offer a practical perspective to guide implementation of asthma policy and research in pharmacy.
PAAG members are community pharmacists from around Australia with an interest in asthma, including representation from the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia.
The PAAG reports, through its Chairperson, to the Board.
The Guidelines Committee oversees development of the the Australian Asthma Handbook, Australia's national guidelines for asthma management. It has recently finished working on a major update to the current edition of the Australian Asthma Handbook. This new update, version 2.0, was published in March 2019.
First published in 1989 and now in its eighth edition, the National Asthma Council Australia's Australian Asthma Handbook continues to set the standard for evidence-based, practical advice for asthma management in primary care.
A collaborative, multidisciplinary effort, development of the Handbook involved more than 100 leading health professionals dedicated to asthma. The Guidelines Committee is a small, multidisciplinary group chaired by a general practitioner.
Visit the Australian Asthma Handbook website
The National Asthma Council Australia is a collaboration of four member bodies, representatives of which comprise the NAC Board alongside our independent director(s).
Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association
APNA is the peak professional body for nurses working in primary health care including general practice. With more than 4000 members, APNA provide primary health care nurses with a voice, access to quality continuing professional development, educational resources, support and networking opportunities. APNA continually strives to increase awareness of the role of the primary health care nurse, and to be a dynamic and vibrant organisation for its members.
Primary health care nursing is wide ranging and covers many specialist areas including general practice, Aboriginal health, aged care, occupational health and safety, telephone triage, palliative care, sexual health, drug and alcohol issues, women’s health, men’s health, infection control, chronic disease management, cardiovascular care, immunisation, cancer, asthma, COPD, mental health, maternal and child health, health promotion, care plans, population health, diabetes, wound management and much more. Visit apna.asn.au
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners is the professional organisation that focuses on the safety and quality of general practice.
The College’s mission is to improve health and wellbeing for all Australians by supporting general practitioners, registrars and medical students by assessing doctors skills and knowledge, supplying ongoing professional development activities, developing resources and guidelines, helping general practitioners with issues that affect their practice and development standards that general practices use as part of the accreditation processes. Visit racgp.org.au
The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) is the peak national professional pharmacy organisation representing approximately 75 per cent of pharmacists across Australia.
PSA has a dual function, supporting pharmacists’ commitment to high standards of patient care and continuing professional education, and representing their role as frontline health professionals. PSA’s primary role is to provide initial and ongoing education, training and practice support for pharmacists and pharmacy staff. Visit psa.org.au
Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy
The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) is a professional medical organisation, comprised predominantly of Clinical Immunologists, Allergy Specialists and Immunology Scientists.
The mission of ASCIA is to advance the science and practice of clinical immunology and allergy, by promoting education and the highest standard of ethical medical practice. Visit allergy.org.au
Australian Government Department of Health
Victorian Department of Health and Human Services
- A.H. Beard Pty Ltd
- Aaxis Pacific
- Aware Environmental Products
- Bambi Enterprises
- Beam Industries
- Beaulieu of Australia
- Bissell Australia Pty Ltd
- Breville (Cli-mate)
- Britex Carpet Care Pty Ltd
- Clean Planet
- Comfort Group
- CSR Building Products
- Daikin Australia Pty Ltd
- Dowell Windows
- Dunlop Flooring
- Dyson Appliances
- Fess (Care Pharmaceutical)
- Filta Cleaning Products Limited
- Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV)
- InovaAir Australia P/L
- Interface Aust Pty Ltd
- Jaspa Herington Pty Ltd
- Karcher Pty Ltd
- King Living
- New Zealand Steel
- Taubmans (PPG)
- TOA Paint
- Tontine Group (Pacific Brands)
- Ultra Air
- Valspar (Wattyl)
- Waterco Ltd
- Zhejiang Huaxing Feather