Asthma First Aid
Medicines during pregnancy & breastfeeding
- MotherSafe – from The Royal Hospital for Women, NSW, Australia. Provides a counselling service for women concerned about exposures during pregnancy and breastfeeding (Ph: 9382 6539 or 1800 647848). Factsheets are available on the website about common medicines, information about face-to-face counselling appointments at the MotherSafe clinic and accessing an interpreter for women who do not speak English.
- Medicines in Pregnancy and Medicines in Breastfeeding Factsheets from the Royal Women’s Hospital, Victoria, Australia
- Inhaler use videos – Asthma Australia
- Asthma Medication Fact Sheets from Mother to Baby Website via the Asthma in Pregnancy Toolkit from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI).
Questions to ask your doctor
A printable list of questions to ask you doctor about asthma and pregnancy.
- Read our Focus on Hayfever here
- Asthma triggers website – from Asthma Australia, with information and resources on a wide range of asthma triggers including air quality, thunderstorm asthma, viruses (including COVID-19 here) and others
- Mould Fact Sheet – from Asthma Australia
- Air Pollution and Pregnancy information leaflet – from The Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
- Bushfire Smoke, Asthma and Pregnancy Infographic – contains tips on how to protect yourself from the impact of bushfire smoke.
- Asthma First Aid – from Asthma Australia Download from Google Play Store Download from Apple App Store
- Lung Health App – Developed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and health practitioners, an interactive App produced by the Menzies School of Health Research’s (Menzies) Child Health Division, available in eight different languages used in northern and central Australia. Download from Google Play Store Download from Apple App Store
- AirSmart – from Asthma Australia. This App provides live air quality information, which can be useful for planning your day if you have asthma, or for understanding why you might be getting symptoms.
- AirRater App – Developed by the University of Tasmania, provides real-time and local information on environmental triggers of asthma, such as bushfire smoke. You can also track your symptoms and identify which conditions impact your asthma.
Where to get support
Mental Health Support
For people in crisis or at risk of suicide, there are 24-hour crisis counselling services available over the telephone or online. In Australia, this includes:
- Lifeline – Ph: 13 11 14
- Suicide Call Back Service – Ph: 1300 659 467
- 13YARN – Specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people: Ph: 13YARN or 13 92 76
Useful Australian resources:
- PANDA – Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia – you can call the PANDA helpline to connect with trained counsellors for support and information on 1300 726 306 or visit their website for useful information on anxiety and depression for women and their families.
- Head to Health – mental health resources from trusted service providers (from the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care). Resources include:
- MumSpace – a website supporting the mental health and emotional wellbeing of pregnant women, new mums and their families (from the Australian Perinatal Depression e-Consortium).
- Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE) website – provides support for the emotional challenges of becoming a parent.
- Beyond Blue – Healthy Families – resources to support good mental health and wellbeing including for new or expecting parents.
- Gidget Foundation Australia – has programs to support women experiencing anxiety and depression before and after birth, including online support groups and telehealth.
1800 ASTHMA - talk to an Asthma Educator (Asthma Australia)
Access free, evidence-based information from trained Asthma Australia educators on 1800 ASTHMA (1800 278 462). Open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.
Find out more here.
Australian Breastfeeding Association
The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) is Australia’s largest breastfeeding information and support service and is recognised worldwide as an authority on breastfeeding management. ABA supports and encourages women who wish to breastfeed or provide breastmilk for their babies and advocates to raise community awareness of the importance of breastfeeding and human milk to child and maternal health. Services include membership for both mothers and health professionals, a 24-hour Breastfeeding Helpline, LiveChat information service, local support groups, antenatal classes and numerous print and digital resources. You will find a wealth of information for both parents and for health professionals on their website.
NSW Quitline - support to quit smoking
The Quitline is a free and confidential telephone service providing personalised assistance to smokers to quit. Quitline advisors are qualified professionals with specialist training in helping people stop smoking. They can assist with preparing to quit, avoiding slip-ups and staying smoke-free. To contact NSW Quitline, dial 13 78 48 (13 QUIT).
You can also visit the Quitline website for helpful information, resources, and experiences from others.
Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Website (Australia)
The Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Website from Healthdirect Australia / Australia Department of Health and Aged Care, designed to support parents from pregnancy to early childhood. Includes resources and advice on healthy lifestyles during pregnancy, and links to to speak to a maternal child health nurse for personal advice and guidance.
Acknowledgement of Country
The Asthma in Pregnancy Toolkit acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians and Traditional Custodians of the lands where we live, learn, and work.
Last updated: 25 October 2023