About the Handbook
The Australian Asthma Handbook is Australia's national guidelines for asthma management. It provides evidence-based, practical guidance for health professionals diagnosing and managing asthma in adults and children in primary care.
The Handbook is proudly published by Australia's lead authority on asthma, the National Asthma Council Australia.
First published in 1990, initially as the Asthma Management Plan and then as the Asthma Management Handbook, the Handbook was one of the first Australian guidelines addressing the diagnosis and management of a chronic condition. Throughout its eight editions, the Handbook has set the standard for best-practice asthma management in Australia by being comprehensive and user-friendly, and emphasising a team approach to asthma care. This edition continues the new name – the Australian Asthma Handbook – and the same commitment to practical advice for primary care health professionals.
Current version 2.0 was published in March 2019. Version 1.0 was published in March 2014, with minor updates published as version 1.1 (April 2015), version 1.2 (October 2016), and version 1.3 (December 2017).
Content considered during the development of version 2.0 is indicated by a Last reviewed version 2.0 note. This includes the addition of new recommendations, more information topics, tables and figures, as well as the revision of existing advice and information (with or without amendments). Content without a Last reviewed note was added and/or revised during development of versions 1.0–1.3.
In this section
Recommended citation, copyright and permissions
A welcome and introduction from the Chair of the Guidelines Committee
Contributors, sponsors and endorsing bodies
Aims and scope
Objectives and scope of the Handbook, including target populations and intended users
Details of how the Handbook was developed, including systematic review materials and editorial independence statements
Editions and updates
Summary of key clinical changes and clarifications for each version
Dissemination and implementation strategies
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