The National Asthma Council Australia has released an Android version of Asthma Buddy, Australia’s most popular asthma management app.
Developed by doctors using the latest research into asthma, the Asthma Buddy app (available in Android and iPhone versions) gives Australians with asthma instant access to actions they and those around them need to take when their asthma symptoms worsen.
The app is also a convenient way to keep track of regular medications and to monitor asthma symptoms. It can be used by individuals to manage their own asthma but also by parents and carers to manage their child’s asthma.
National Asthma Council Australia spokesperson Professor Adam Jaffé, paediatric respiratory specialist, said: “Given our mobile lifestyles the Asthma Buddy app is a convenient and easy way to carry your asthma action plan with you and help manage your asthma.
“We advise all Australians with asthma to develop an asthma action plan with their doctor so that they or their carer can take early action to prevent or reduce the severity of an asthma attack. As paper action plans are not always accessible when asthma symptoms worsen, having your plan on your mobile phone means you can get customised advice when you need it most.”
Research has found that when people with asthma have an action plan and are engaged in the care process, they have fewer asthma attacks, take fewer days off work or school and reduce their reliever medication use. Most importantly, action plans help avoid emergency visits to the hospital and provide peace of mind for people with asthma and their families.
Asthma Buddy enables you to:
Record your preventer and reliever medication plan and reference peak flow values (if used) for when you are feeling well, not well or worse.
Know what to do in case of an emergency including easy access to the First Aid for Asthma instructions right on your phone.
Email a PDF copy of your action plan to your doctor or yourself.
Record and access the contact details for your doctor or emergency contact person.
The National Asthma Council Australia developed the Android app in response to the success of its first iPhone app, which has proved popular with the whole asthma community, from people with asthma and their families to the doctors and nurses treating asthma.
Based on patient feedback, the Android app contains new features including a journal function and the ability to store multiple profiles, making the app a useful tool for families.
The new National Asthma Council Australia Asthma Buddy Android app is available free of charge.
Visit the National Asthma Council Australia’s website to download the app.
More than two million Australians have asthma – one of the highest prevalence rates in the world. In 2011 (the latest figures) 386 people died from the disease.
Anyone experiencing asthma-like symptoms should visit their doctor immediately for proper diagnosis and management advice.
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