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Health professionals including general practitioners, pharmacists and nurses have a vital role to play in reducing the risk to the community from epidemic thunderstorm asthma events.

Optimising diagnosis, clinical care and self-management of asthma and hay fever is the key to responding to the risk of epidemic thunderstorm asthma events, and will decrease the impact of any subsequent events while also improving the overall health and wellbeing of people with these conditions in between events.

Health professionals can access epidemic thunderstorm asthma training programs and resources from the National Asthma Council, including:

The department has also published two reports that provide useful background information for health professionals: 

  • The November 2016 Victorian epidemic thunderstorm asthma event: an assessment of the health impacts - a report by Victoria's Chief Health Officer
  • Literature review on thunderstorm asthma and its implications for public health advice

The department has also prepared the following resources for use by health professionals:

Thunderstorm asthma specific resources are available from the Downloads section on this page. For COVID-19 clinical advice and resources, visit


Thunderstorm asthma campaign

The department has developed a public awareness campaign about thunderstorm asthma, who is at risk, asthma first aid and prevention.

Thunderstorm asthma public awareness campaign