Asthma project launches in the Peterborough region

A new health project based in Peterborough, Jamestown, Orroroo and surrounding areas aims to improve asthma control and reduce hospital asthma-related emergency attendance and admissions in the region.

 

Asthma Australia, The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) and the Country SA PHN have joined forces to tackle the high rate of asthma prevalence.

Asthma Australia CEO Michele Goldman said the statistics showcase the need for urgent attention to asthma management in these areas.

“Asthma prevalence in the Peterborough District Council area is very high at 23.4 per cent in 2018. This is higher than the state average of 13.1 per cent, which is also higher than the national average.”

“In addition to this, Mid North hospital admissions for asthma are 45% higher than the state average in SA, which is the highest in the country,” Ms Goldman said.

The‘Community Responses to Asthma in the Mid North,’project is funded by the Country SA PHN, and the Australian Centre for Social Innovation are bringing their expertise in community consultation and co design to support the development of a new and more suitable approach to tackle this highly prevalent condition and reduce its impacts for the local community.

“The project aims to work with a committed group of local community members with asthma and health professionals, to find potential solutions to issues impacting asthma management,” Ms Goldman said.

We’re really pleased to be drawing on TACSI’s knowledge and experience to do this important work.

Asthma Australia CEO Michele Goldman

TACSI CEO Carolyn Curtis said the project is taking a community capacity-building approach to determine the issues, challenges and barriers for people with asthma in the Mid North.

“This project is not designed to implement interventions, rather the first phase will identify and explore possible interventions that are most suited to the community needs, highly likely to be used, and more likely to be successful – because they are owned by the community,” Ms Curtis said.

“We are now looking for three local people to join the project as ‘Peer Researchers’, and other locals living with asthma who want to tell their story.”

The ‘Peer Researchers’ are casual, paid roles of approximately 10 days between now and June 2020. They will be interviewing people to explore, identify and understand what can be done to improve outcomes.

Country SA PHN is funding the program and Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mark Hartigan, said it’s important to listen to local stories and provide strategies and solutions based on community experiences and needs.

“Country SA PHN exists to bridge the gap in health inequity in country South Australia,” Mr Hartigan said.

“Exploring different ways for people to manage their asthma based on local needs helps us to do that by empowering individuals to more effectively support their health and become partners in their own care.”

“This program is a terrific example of this empowerment, which in turn increases the whole community’s understanding of their health,” Mr Hartigan added.

Find out more or join the project

If you live in Peterborough, Jamestown, Orroroo or surrounding areas and would like more information or to join the project, please call or text Lucy Fraser on 0411 799 078 or email lucy.fraser@tacsi.org.au.

If you’re an Aboriginal person living in Peterborough, Jamestown, Orroroo or surrounding areas and would like more information or to join the project, please call or text Aunty Vickey Charles on 0422 487 520 or email vickey.charles@tacsi.org.au.