Asthma Update

Thunderstorm Asthma advice

Every year during grass pollen season there is an increase in asthma and hayfever symptoms, and during grass pollen season there is also the chance of a thunderstorm asthma event.

It is very important, and a Department of Education requirement, that any child diagnosed with asthma must bring Ventolin and a spacer with them EVERYDAY.  Most parents find it most convenient to purchase one spacer and Ventolin specifically for school use and leave these inside their child’s schoolbag.

What causes thunderstorm asthma events?

Thunderstorm asthma events are thought to be triggered by an uncommon combination of high grass pollen levels and a certain type of thunderstorm, resulting in large numbers of people developing asthma symptoms over a short period of time.

Those at increased risk at this time include:

  • people with asthma, people with a past history of asthma
  • those with undiagnosed asthma (i.e. people who have asthma symptoms but have not yet been diagnosed with asthma)
  • people with hay fever who may or may not have asthma.

Having both asthma and hay fever, as well as poor control and self-management of asthma, may increase the risk further.

Where can I find out more?

Community education sessions

The Asthma Foundation of Victoria is delivering free epidemic thunderstorm asthma community education sessions across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. These sessions are free and anyone is welcome to attend.

For further details, go to: or call: 1800 278 462.



Zoe Ruighaver

School Nurse                   

Monash Special Developmental School

15 - 25 Academy Avenue

Wheelers Hill Vic 3150

PH: (03) 9239 7400 Fax: (03) 9239 7444