Healthy Living Resources

Great tips and advice on living a full and active life with asthma. These resources are designed to help you and your family face the challenges of asthma head on, helping you to manage your asthma effectively so you can lead a normal, active life.

Car air filters update 2015

Major car companies need to improve driver and passenger air quality In 2013, National Asthma Council Australia looked at whether or not leading new car models sold in Australia had cabin air filters and, if so, what type. A surprising number of car models did not have optimal cabin air filtration. With almost two years […]


Download Factsheet (PDF, 273KB) Exposure to indoor and outdoor areas that are damp and have mould can trigger asthma symptoms in some people. Mould is commonly found in bathrooms and fridges. It’s also found in places with little air circulation such as walk-in and built-in wardrobes, and in bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. Common allergic triggers […]

Dust mites

House dust mites Everything you wanted to know, but were afraid to ask! What are house dust mites? House dust mites are arachnids (the same class of animal as spiders). They are very small creatures that live in household dust (often in bedding, furniture, fabrics, soft toys, clothing and carpets) feeding on dander (shed skin […]

Indoor humidity levels

Figure. Approximation of optimal temperature and humidity ranges for people with respiratory

Figure. Approximation of optimal temperature and humidity ranges for people with respiratory issues Indoor humidity levels in the home can play an important role in family health, particularly where asthma and/or allergies are present. Healthy humidity Relative humidity, expressed as a percent, measures the absolute humidity relative to the maximum amount of water vapour that the […]

Breathing easier indoors

It can be difficult to control what gasses and pollution you are exposed to outside, but we can have a much greater influence over our indoor environment. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are compounds that have a low boiling temperature which means they evaporate molecules at room temperature. Some VOCs occur naturally and not all are […]

Choosing a vacuum cleaner or other type of cleaner

A guide for people with asthma and allergies Most households have a vacuum cleaner, but many people don’t know what features they should look for, or whether they could also benefit from other cleaning devices. This fact sheet highlights some of the things people with asthma and allergies should consider. Cleaning machines should effectively remove dirt […]

How-to video library


Our “How-To” instructional videos have been designed to show you how to correctly use your asthma or COPD inhaler (puffer) or your allergy nasal spray. In each short clip, an asthma & respiratory educator demonstrates the correct use of one device. Many people don’t realise they aren’t using their asthma or COPD inhaler properly. Although […]

Travel insurance

Download Factsheet Travel tips Whether for business or pleasure, thousands of Australians with asthma travel every year. People with asthma who travel interstate or overseas should consider taking out travel insurance, including cover for medical expenses. For people with asthma, including well-controlled asthma, their condition will often be described under travel insurance policies as ‘pre-existing […]

Healthy eating for asthma

Download Factsheet Why does your weight matter? Carrying a few extra kilos can make your asthma harder to manage – the more kilos, the harder it gets. Working towards your ideal bodyweight can help you get fewer symptoms and use less medication. Losing weight can also help you sleep better Inspired? Talk to your doctor […]

Food allergies

Download Factsheet Food and asthma Food is not a common trigger for asthma. In fact, foods, drinks and food chemicals affect fewer than 5% of people with asthma (fewer than 2% of adults and fewer than 5–6% of children). People with asthma should consume a varied and nutritious diet, including breads and cereals, fruits and […]