Good News from Asthma New Zealand

June 2, 2020 Eve Heidemann

Project 660

On 16/03/2020, our 9 Mobile Asthma Nurse Educators were re located to their homes, and their work stations were set up and now they are fully focused on Project 660. Our Nurses delivered virtual Asthma & Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Education to as many patients as they can in this time.

Challenges

Our Mobile Asthma Nurse Educators raced off their feet contacting all our patients to ensure they are managing their asthma effectively as we face Covid-19 and winter flu. Many more people are seeking our help than usual, due to the current COVID-19 situation. We are providing the best service we can under these extraordinary circumstances. The most important thing the people with respiratory disease can do right now is to keep their asthma & COPD under control. Our online visits provide a chance to connect with Kiwis during this time and have been rewarding for both the patients and the nurses.

Impact

There is a lot of fear in the asthma community right now. We saw a high level of panic very early on, and for just reasons, as COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that attacks the lungs. An estimated 1 in 4 Kiwis live with asthma or other respiratory illnesses like COPD.

The last few weeks it has been an incredibly busy time on back to back Zoom calls every day with patients around the country. For the lock down period of 4 weeks in Auckland area our Mobile Asthma Nurse Educators made 1874 contact calls & educated 897 people in the community. In Wellington & Rotorua area they made 752 contact calls & educated 370 people in the community.

Because of the lock-down period the parents, Whanau were at home. They had time to listen,
educate and give the attention to their kids with asthma.

We increased our digital content production and are publishing a regular series of articles, quick help guides- videos on our social media channels and website (see links below).

We have started a Facebook Live event in partnership with Dave Letele of BBM Motivation: https://www.facebook.com/brownbuttabean/videos/616195598933055/?t=28