Improving Childhood Asthma Management (ICAM)

cohealth is working to support childhood asthma self-management in the Inner West.  

The ICAM team sits within the cohealth Prevention Unit. The team works with communities in the Brimbank, Hobsons Bay and Maribyrnong LGAs to identify enablers and barriers to childhood asthma self-management and codesign solutions to support self-management into the future. 

Want to know more about ICAM? Contact healthpromotion@cohealth.org.au  

Interested in free asthma education and support for children (1- 17yrs) with asthma or wheeze? Contact cohealth’s Community Asthma Program.

See below for some resources to help you learn about childhood asthma self-management.

  

Childhood asthma self-management resources

This brochure includes information and services in Melbourne’s Inner West that can help families to understand and manage childhood asthma. Distributed to communities, doctors, schools across the Inner West in April – June 2023, Breathe Easy is available for free upon request in Arabic, English and Vietnamese.

Download the brochure in English here.

Download the brochure in Vietnamese here.

Order your free copy here.

This bilingual storybook follows Minh’s family as they journey from their first asthma symptoms to diagnosis to asthma self-management.  

Codesigned with the Vietnamese-speaking women’s group in Brimbank, the story is in English and Vietnamese. Aimed at children aged 5 – 9 and their carers, the storybook will be launched in May 2023 and available at Local Government and Primary School Libraries, as well as free hard copies by request until June 2023.

Download a copy here

Order your free copy here.

ICAM partnered with CHASE and Khorus Media to promote asthma self-management among young people through video storytelling. Over eight weeks, young people with asthma participated in video storytelling workshops and were mentored to produce their own videos promoting asthma self-management in young people. These videos will be featured in a social media campaign across the Inner West in May 2023, and at the CHASE showcase in June 2023. Asthma now features within the CHASE curriculum as a case study of how climate change impacts health.  

Watch the videos on the cohealth YouTube channel.

Always use an asthma spacer

Asthma hero Patrick uses a spacer

Keira talks about thunderstorm asthma

Kayla can manage her asthma

Soul stays active while managing his asthma

Do you have an up-to-date Asthma Action Plan

Edwin doesn’t let asthma slow him down

ICAM has partnered with The Water Well Project and cohealth Bi-Cultural Work Program to provide childhood asthma information and education to communities across the Inner West. The sessions teach parents and caregivers about asthma self-management for young children and support access to existing services.  

You can request a session for your community group from now until 30 June 2023. healthpromotion@cohealth.org.au  

  

We partnered with Safer Care Victoria to support sharing consumer voices. 

Three consumers shared their stories of interacting with the childhood asthma care system. You can watch and read them here.

Read Dkung’s translated story here

 

We have created posters promoting our Community Asthma Program. These posters provide information about how to access CAP and the type of support you can get.

Download the brochure here.

Order your free copy here.

ICAM is an initiative of the Improving Childhood Asthma Management (ICAM) – Inner West Program; funded by the Victorian Government and delivered in partnership with Asthma Australia, cohealth, National Asthma Council Australia, Royal Children’s Hospital and Safer Care Victoria.   

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