The latest on the asthma scene: Kids, teens and keeping it green

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14 December 2023
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This webinar was presented by Dr David McNamara and Dr Rob Burrell on 30 November 2023. Dr McNamara discusses how asthma:

  • is not a trivial diagnosis and must be diagnosed correctly in children
  • disparities for Māori and Pasifika should be actively managed
  • diagnosis and management requires repeated review
  • control, adherence, and inhaler technique should be reviewed at every visit
  • AIR/SMART therapy can reduce exacerbations and may be first line for some.

As clinical lead of the Te Whatu Ora climate change group, Middlemore Hospital anaesthetist Dr Burrell then discusses the impact of inhaler propellants on the environment, and how we can minimise this.

This video is a recording of the live webinar hosted by Mobile Health. It is suitable for all primary care health professionals.


  • 0:00 - 00:48 Introduction
  • 00:48 - 38:50 Dr David McNamara
  • 38:50 - 51:22 Dr Rob Burrell
  • 51:22 - 55:15 Q&A and closing


Dr David McNamara

Dr. David McNamara is a paediatric respiratory and sleep medicine specialist employed at Starship Children’s Hospital in Auckland. He is a graduate of Auckland Medical School and completed paediatric respiratory training in 2006. He underwent sleep medicine training at Sydney Children’s Hospital. His clinical interests include asthma and obstructive sleep apnoea in children. His wife is a GP and they are both keen skiers.

Dr Rob Burrell

With "absolutely zero experience of general practice", Rob will "stick to his knitting", and talk about inhalers and drugs and the climate.

When he’s not working on opportunities for healthcare to be more climate-friendly, Rob is an anaesthetist at Middlemore Hospital.


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