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Young people and asthma: symptoms and diagnosis

This clip shows six young people discussing their experiences of asthma symptoms and diagnosis. Each person describes the symptoms they experience during an asthma attack. They also discuss who diagnosed their asthma, their age at the time of diagnosis and other family members' experiences of asthma. This clip is one of ...


Young people and asthma: triggers

This clip shows six young people describing triggers that can set off an asthma attack. Triggers, which are objects or events, are varied and seasonal. Some of them, such as various foods, are avoidable. Others, such as temperature changes or contact with pet hair, can be more difficult to avoid and often affect a person's ...


Young people and asthma: management and medication

This clip shows six young people discussing their experience of living with asthma and the types of medication they use for it. Each person describes the side effects of their medication and how they manage asthma triggers. The clip explores the issues of knowing when to seek medical attention and the importance of being ...


Young people and asthma: school and social life

This clip shows four young people sharing their experience of living with asthma and discussing its effects on their schooling and social life. Missing school for long periods of time, or missing the first few minutes of a class because of the additional time it takes to walk between lessons, can make it difficult for these ...


Young people and asthma: education and awareness

This clip shows four young people discussing the importance of the Asthma Friendly Schools Program and the value of their Asthma Action Plan. They describe the support that friends and teachers provide when managing an asthma attack and the security of knowing that the people around them, particularly teachers, are knowledgeable ...


Young people and asthma: support

This clip shows six young people with asthma discussing the importance of those closest to them. They explain how friends and family help observe their asthma symptoms, remind them to take medication and help them when they are unwell. The students also discuss the value of the broader support network that includes teachers, ...


Young people and asthma: my future

This clip shows six young people with asthma discussing its potential effect on their future. Each one shares their goals and hopes, and some explain how asthma has influenced their decision to work in the health field. They discuss the significance of medication in managing asthma and in achieving their future goals and ...


Young people and asthma: words of wisdom

This clip shows five young people discussing what they have learnt from their experience of living with asthma. Resilience emerges as a strong theme and the young people highlight the value of knowing their bodies and their limits, and of not allowing asthma to get in the way of achieving their goals. They emphasise the ...


Families and chronic illness: introductions

This clip shows young Indigenous people speaking about their experiences of caring for family members living with a chronic illness. They talk about the family member they care for and about the nature of the illness. They describe some of the effects of the illness on that person and the effect on their own lives. This ...

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Do you suffer from asthma?

Asthma is one of the most common chronic health problems in Australia. Fortunately, a lot is known about the causes of asthma attacks, and how to treat them. View this clip to find out what happens to the airways of an asthma sufferer and how this disease can be managed.

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Aches and pains: asthma

Look closely at the structure of human airways connected to the lungs. Find out how breathing difficulties are caused through narrowing of the airways and swelling of the linings. Learn how the body responds to asthma attacks, and how they can be prevented or treated. Test your knowledge by matching words with their meanings. ...

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The Sven Callaway Show: health

Watch a talk show host interviewing people about health issues: students, health experts and a studio audience. Look at issues such as health education, health services, asthma, mental health and obesity. Explore a range of opinions including 'way out' ideas. Notice how people interpret facts differently. Research a topic, ...

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Take a deep breath

Watch what happens inside the human body during physical activity. Look at diagrams of the human circulatory and respiratory systems. Explore the functions of major organs and tissues. Examine animations showing how a person breathes and how the heart pumps blood around the body. Predict the effects of walking or running ...

Teacher resource

Could you be an innovator?

This is a unit of work for teachers about being an innovator or being inventive. It has three main sections: Classroom unit - including an overview, the learning objectives and curriculum areas covered; Delivery - including duration, materials required and nine worksheets; and the Procedure - explaining the sequencing of ...