In order to manage asthma, and provide comprehensive and relevant education for patients and families, it is essential to understand the underlying pathophysiology. This session will review what happens to the airways during an asthma event, common asthma treatments and the long-term effects.
Michelle Sammann has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Laboratory Science) and is currently the Acting Education and Training Manager at Asthma Australia. Michelle started her career as a Medical Scientist working in hospital pathology laboratories in Melbourne. Switching careers, she began working as a trainer/assessor in 2003, gaining a Cert. IV in Training and Assessment and a Vocational Graduate Certificate in Anaphylaxis Management Training in 2008. For the past 15 years, Michelle has worked for The Asthma Foundation of Victoria and Asthma Australia in various roles including as an asthma educator, licensed trainer, asthma COACH®, first aid course consultant, integrated care coordinator as well as delivering emergency asthma management, thunderstorm asthma and anaphylaxis awareness sessions to the public and community groups. In addition, she delivers ‘Train the Trainer’ courses in asthma and anaphylaxis and is currently involved in the development of a Certificate IV in Community Asthma Services. Michelle is passionate about asthma education and best practice healthcare for people living with asthma. See Educator Profile