Asthma and COPD inhalers – every breath counts

Tuesday, 7 April 2020. 7.30 - 8.45 pm

Asthma and COPD result in significant respiratory burden for a number of New Zealanders – particularly within Māori and Pacific communities. One of the mainstays of treatment for these respiratory diseases is the use of inhalers to control and maintain adequate airway function. However, many patients are missing out on appropriate treatment and basic training on how to use their inhalers correctly, contributing to poor disease control, increased severity of symptoms and hospitalisations.

This webinar will be presented by two expert speakers. Professor John Kolbe will discuss new approaches to asthma: appropriate medication, device and patient choice. This will be followed by a case history to illustrate the 2019 GINA guidelines for the treatment of mild asthma.

Practical educational aspects of inhaler devices will be lead by Respiratory Nurse Practitioner Nicola Corna.

During this online event you will have the opportunity to type questions to our presenters using the onscreen text system.


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Nicola Corna
Respiratory Nurse Practitioner

I have worked as part of the respiratory team at Counties Manukau District Health Board for almost 20 years, achieving Nurse practitioner in 2019. I practice in primary, community and secondary care settings across the entire Counties Manukau District Health Board (CMDHB) area improving access to expert respiratory services. My work  includes screening,  assessing and diagnosing people with chronic respiratory and related conditions, prescribing and managing treatment and follow up. A broader goal is to improve health outcomes in the community by teaching and working collaboratively with primary care providers and other local health services. I am involved in and have been involved with working groups at local, regional and national level  developing NZ specific guidelines for the management of respiratory conditions.

Dr John Kolbe, MB BS 1975 Queensland; FRACP 1983

John is a respiratory physician at Auckland City Hospital and Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland.

Previous roles have included President of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, President, The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (2010-2012).

He is currently the President–elect of the  International Society of Internal Medicine. His recent research interests include asthma, COPD, bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis and lung cancer.


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