PJ Day – Funding Asthma Research

PJ Day is on again for 2019, so join in the fun. Lock in a date today, to host your PJ Day this Winter!

PJ Day is Asthma Australia’s biggest national community fundraiser and raises essential funding for research and programs to help people with asthma. Your support may one day save a life!

It was started in 2009 by Montanna, a young girl who was living with asthma and spent a lot of time in hospital and in her PJs. She had the idea of getting others at school to stay in their PJs too as a way to raise funds for asthma research. Montanna came to us at Asthma Australia with her idea in the hope of one day finding a cure and now we are celebrating our tenth year of PJ Day.

Register now to host an event this Winter. It’s easy, it’s simple and remember your fundraising will go towards crucial asthma research and programs.

PJ Day events can take place anywhere in Australia, on any day between 1 June – 31 August. For information about running a PJ Day event: www.asthmaaustralia.org.au/pjday

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How PJ Day Works

  • Taking part in PJ Day is a fun and easy way to join the mission for a community free of asthma.

Step 1: Register your PJ Day

It’s easy – go to the Asthma Australia website and register online and follow the prompts.

They’ll send you a registration pack with help and advice on running your PJ Day and some useful asthma information.

Step 2: Promote your Event

Once you’ve registered your PJ Day you can start sending out invites. It’s a good idea to let people know in advance and then remind them a bit nearer the time too.

Making sure everyone knows about your PJ Day will increase the amount of funds you can raise and help you to plan. You can send invites via email, newsletters, or social media.

Step 3: Collect your funds and return them

After you’ve hosted your PJ Day you can send the funds you’ve raised to Asthma Australia

What is Asthma: Asthma & Children

Asthma involves chronic (long term) inflammatory disorder of the airways; breathlessness, wheezing, coughing and tightness in the chest are associated with this condition.

The airways become narrow which disrupts and obstructs airflow. This narrowing can be reversed either spontaneously or with treatment.

The narrowing of the airways caused by:
– Swelling of the inside lining of the airways
– Increased mucus production combined with inflammation
– Tightening of the muscle around the airways.

Asthma is a long-term lung condition that can be controlled but cannot be cured. Children with asthma have sensitive airways in their lungs which react to triggers causing a flare up, also known as an asthma attack. Symptoms vary from child to child but typically include breathlessness, tight feeling in chest, wheezing or coughing. These symptoms usually occur at night, early in the morning or during/just after physical exertion.

If you have any concerns about your child and exercise please get in touch with an Accredited Exercise Physiologist who can develop a suitable exercise program.

Learn more about the benefits of exercise and asthma here – https://www.mvfit.com.au/our-services/exercise-physiology/asthma/

Asthma First Aid

Asthma first aid is your patients go-to tool for an asthma emergency. It covers both first aid in the event of an asthma emergency plus the ability to review each of the four first aid steps.

Download the Asthma app, which is an educational tool developed by Asthma Foundation Queensland and New South Wales for people with asthma, their families and carers. It provides easy access to the asthma first aid steps in both live and training versions.

The app is perfect for family, friends, school, childcare, sport and recreation and allows you to:
• follow the asthma first aid steps live in ATTACK mode
• learn the asthma first aid steps in TRAINING REVIEW mode
• review the asthma first aid steps, using a sample of scenarios, in TRAINING SCENARIO mode

Patients can download it for FREE from Apple iTunes or Google Play

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Asthma First Aid posters should be on display for all to see. Contact your local Foundation on 1800 ASTHMA (1800 278 462) for hard copies, or download one of the resouces at https://www.asthmaaustralia.org.au/national/about-asthma/resources/first-aid.

Contact Asthma Australia

References:
1. https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports-data
2. (Based on 2015 population of children 0-14 in Australia, with 11% having asthma) http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/3101.0Jun%202015?OpenDocument

About Asthma Australia https://www.asthmaaustralia.org.au
For over 50 years Asthma Australia has been the leader in asthma health care, research and support. Asthma Australia delivers evidence-based preventative health strategies to over 200,000 people every year and provides support, training and resources to the primary health care sector. The organisation funds vital basic science and population health research contributing to national and international understandings of asthma and how best to manage the disease.

Contact Moonee Valley Health and Fitness

Our Melbourne clinic is based at 378 Mount Alexander Road, Travancore VIC 3032 but we also offer in-home and mobile exercise physiology throughout Melbourne.

Jeremy DUNN is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with Exercise Sports Science Australia. As an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) he has also completed a four-year university degree and is an allied health professional who specialises in the delivery of exercise for the prevention and management of chronic disease and injuries.

Exercise Physiologist Jeremy Dunn