Keanu Sione-Mariner (4), Little Sunbeams Leah Morley and Chloe Bates (3)

Free asthma education sessions for community groups in the Hawke’s Bay were a big hit during Asthma Awareness Week at the beginning of September 2016.

The Breathe Hawke’s Bay sessions focus on managing asthma, and are held in early childhood centres and schools in the region.

The free sessions were an opportunity that the Little Sunbeams early childcare centres in Hastings quickly snapped up. With a roll of predominantly Māori and Pacific children aged two-to-five, asthma is common.

The education sessions for staff at their two locations has resulted in much better awareness and confidence and was enthusiastically received, assistant manager, Leah Morley says.

“A free workshop on something that could help our children and staff? It’s a no brainer. We always take advantage of opportunities like that.”

Leah was impressed with the quality of information delivered by the nurse from Breathe Hawke’s Bay. “It was short, sweet and to the point, and really interactive with helpful resources and props, so we could see what happens when someone is struggling to breathe.”

Chris Davidson, Respiratory Nurse Educator, Breathe Hawke’s Bay

The Heretaunga Kindergarten Association also took part in an education session during asthma awareness week. The aim of the education sessions is to educate those who educate our tamariki. Nine kindergarten’s from the region attended the session and have now achieved ‘asthma friendly’ status. A total of 20 staff now have the most up-to-date guidelines to treat an asthma attack. 

For more information on Breathe Hawke’s Bay’s free services call 0800 ASTHMA (278 462) or visit breathehb.co.nz. To find regional support in other areas of the country see the Regional Support section.