Asthma Management Handbook

Highlights of Version 1.3 update

Version 1.3 of the Australian Asthma Handbook, published December 2017, is a minor update to version 1.2, published in October 2016.

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Summary of key clinical changes and clarifications

Highlights of the version 1.3 Australian Asthma Handbook include:

Update of advice on the prevention and management of thunderstorm asthma

Amendments to reflect the National Asthma Council's 2017 information paper on Epidemic thunderstorm asthma, including a new Thunderstorm asthma page to give the topic more prominence.

Update of advice on managing allergic rhinitis in people with asthma

Amendments to reflect the National Asthma Council's 2017 information paper on Managing allergic rhinitis in people with asthma, including new 'More information' topics and management flowcharts. Also, restructure of the Allergic rhinitis page to clarify advice for different age groups.

Interim advice for treatment for asthma–COPD overlap

Amendments to reflect the National Asthma Council and Lung Foundation Australia's 2017 information paper on Asthma–COPD overlap, including emphasis that patients with asthma–COPD overlap should be identified and treated differently from people with COPD or asthma alone.

Other minor amendments 

Various minor amendments and corrections to improve clarity.