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Asthma and respiratory diseases are two of the leading causes of sickness and death in New Zealand

1 in 6

have a respiratory disease


most common cause of death


cost to country each year

1 in 7

children have asthma

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Sailor the Pufferfish gets a new digital home!

The Sailor the Pufferfish Asthma Education website has been given a much needed face lift! Complementing the Sailor the Pufferfish asthma musical that educates classrooms across New Zealand on asthma management, the Sailor Asthma Education website takes this education further with its interactive website content. A key highlight of the upgrade is the brand new asthma themed colouring game, where children can learn about asthma triggers and management through digital art. Check it out!

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New Zealand Respiratory Conference 2020

The New Zealand Respiratory Conference (NZRC) will be held on 5-6 November 2020, at Te Papa, Wellington. The conference is the largest gathering or hui for professionals with an interest in respiratory health in New Zealand. Delegates from a variety of professions join us each year, including GP’s, nurses, pharmacists, specialists, educators and researchers. Find out more

Respiratory disease affects more people than you think. Read their stories...

Help New Zealanders Breathe Freely

Respiratory disease accounts for one in ten of all hospital stays in New Zealand. We train hundreds of nurses every year to provide people with the education needed to prevent hospital stays. Help us train more nurses to help over 700,000 Kiwis living with a respiratory condition. 

Call 0900 4 ASTHMA (0900 4 278462) to give an automatic $20 donation, or click the donate button below to give whatever you can to help keep New Zealanders breathing freely.


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