Asthma Support

This service will provide sustainable and empowering support to asthma patients who will be better able to manage asthma including acute exacerbations. GASP is a unique online tool developed to provide asthma education at point of care, and to provide health care professionals in primary care with skills and knowledge to undertake a structured asthma assessment.


GASP (Giving Asthma Support to Patients), is a comprehensive assessment tool available in Medtech to enable you to complete a structured Asthma assessment with your patients. The GASP programme includes a three day training requirement, including a practical assessment and an exam which will ensure you are appropriately trained to understand asthma and the management of asthma, including medications and the tool which is used during the assessment. The programme is provided by our Specialist Clinical Respiratory Nurse, Michelle Hopley, and we attempt to run this in a variety of locations throughout our region. This will give you the tools to provide specialist education to your patients as well as being a leading champion for Asthma within your practice. This tool has been designed for registered nurses with an existing interest in Asthma management and respiratory conditions.

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We have nurses who are trained in the management of Asthma and available to help you gain better control, reduce flare ups and keep well while managing your asthma. Our specially trained ‘GASP’ (Giving Asthma Support to Patients) nurses can provide you with a comprehensive assessment which will give you a greater understanding of what triggers your asthma, what helps the management of your asthma and personalised plans for you to assist you to live a healthy life without asthma getting in the way.

We currently have GASP trained nurses in the following practices:

  • Avalon Medical Centre
  • Cambridge Family Health
  • Doctors @ 42
  • Hamilton Lake Clinic
  • Ngaruawahia Medical Centre
  • University Student Health Services
  • Te Kohao Health
  • Raukura Hauora O Tainui – Te Rengarenga and Waahi

We will be training practice nurses across our practices and should have someone in your area available to deliver the GASP assessment by 1 June 2018.