Asthma in children

Dr Diana North, Goodfellow Unit GP Advisor talks with Dr David McNamara, Paediatric Respiratory and Sleep Medicine Specialist employed at Starship Childrens Hospital in Auckland, NZ. 

Dr McNamara discusses what is new in the diagnosis and management of asthma in children up to 16 years of age. The goals of treatment and using a stepped approach to treatment in children is overviewed, as well as:

Non-pharmacological management of COPD - Fiona Horwood

Dr Fiona Horwood talks about non-pharmacological management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Fiona is Clinical Head for General Medicine and a Respiratory Physician at Counties Manukau DHB.


Chronic Cough - Fiona Horwood

Dr Fiona Horwood talks about the management of chronic cough in primary care. Fiona is clinical head of general medicine and a respiratory physician at Counties Manukau DHB. Fiona overviews the basics of the cough mechanism and its various causes as well as when to seek further tests/interventions.


Respiratory infections in children

Emma Best and Stephen Howie talk with Dr Diana North, Goodfellow Unit GP Advisor about the management of respiratory illness in children. Emma is a paediatric infectious disease specialist at Starship Hospital and a senior lecturer in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Auckland. Dr Stephen Howie is a Paediatrician Waitemata DHB Paediatric and Newborn Services.

Topics covered include:

Managing acute bronchitis in primary care - Bruce Arroll

Professor Bruce Arroll talks about managing acute bronchitis in primary care. Bruce is a General Practitioner in South Auckland, Director of the Goodfellow Unit and Professor of General Practice at the University of Auckland.

Webinar: An update on adult asthma

Professor John Kolbe reviewed the plethora of new inhalers that have come onto the market. 

The role of inflammation versus spasm in the lungs and the role of inhaled corticosteroids in the management of asthma was covered, as well as inhaled steroids and pneumonia.

The webinar was introduced and moderated by Professor Bruce Arroll, Director of the Goodfellow Unit. 

Asthma management in children

Plese note that this course has been updated to accommodate the Child Asthma Guidelines 2020.

View new course here.


Webinar: Common Infections Made Easy

Dr Arlo Upton overviewed common infections that include ENT, eyes, chest, gut, skin, pelvis, bladder and teeth. Dr Arlo Upton is a graduate of the University of Otago Medical School. She trained in clinical microbiology and infectious diseases in Auckland. 

Smoking Cessation

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable morbidity, mortality and health inequities in New Zealand. With an estimated 4,500-5,000 deaths attributed to smoking every year, it is responsible for the premature death of half of its long-term users and is a significant cause of cancer, respiratory and heart disease.

Hoarseness - Randall Morton

Dr Randall Morton talks about the management of hoarseness in primary care. Randall is a Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Auckland. He is Clinical Director of Manukau Health Park and Deputy Clinical Director of Surgery at Counties Manukau DHB. Randall’s current special interests are in salivary gland disease and voice disorders.


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