Health Professionals

Do you have a referral for us or require a skill refresh? We have what you need - see below.

We are a committed and dedicated charity striving to meet the highest standards, while working with the community and you, our health care professionals. Asthma Waikato provides education for health professionals in how to provide asthma and COPD management, education and support.

However, your input and advice is critical to help us better understand the needs of health care providers and patients alike, and so that we can continue to improve our service. Working with you is essential to gaining information we need to deliver our service and help you deliver yours.

Asthma Waikato accepts referrals for:

Asthma Education

Our priorities are:

AGE - we see children aged 0-15 years of age.
Referrals for 15+ are generally seen at the Asthma Clinic at Waikato Hospital.
SEVERITY – severe referrals will be seen as a priority then moderate and mild cases.
REFERRALS – NOTE: We accept self referrals for asthma education - get in touch.

Refer to us for asthma education.

Spirometry Testing

We only accept referrals for spirometry testing from GPs or specialists (or practice staff completing the form on behalf of the doctor with the doctor’s authority). If your referral is urgent please specify this on the form. We will contact your client once your referral has been received to make an appointment with them. Please ensure you inform your patient of the following information prior to the test, and advise them of any medications to cease before they have their test.

Refer to us for spirometry testing.
  • The test currently costs $65 (Time to time we have funding which allows us to reduce costs; we will advise your client if this is the case)
  • Please advise your patient which drugs to cease prior to their test: ß stimulants: 6 hours | Ipratropium: 8 hours | LABA / Eformoterol: 24 hours | Tiotropium: 72 hours

Also note,
no xanthine or caffeine ( tea, coffee, coke)

(Please note: tests may also be done on inhalers, depending on the clinical question asked).

Contraindications (Please note there is no evidence of absolute contra-indication. Analyse relative risk and delay if necessary).
  • Hemoptysis
  • Pneumothorax
  • Unstable cardiovascular state (recent MI or pulmonary embolism)
  • Aneurysm - abdominal, thoracic or cerebral
  • Recent eye surgery
  • Uncontrolled hypertension
  • Incontinence
  • Dementia
  • Acute process e.g. nausea & vomiting
  • Patient must be willing to cooperate and understand procedure

Professional Development Courses

If you wish to undertake training in asthma and COPD Fundamentals, please refer to the online module held by the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ by clicking above.
If you wish to undertake training in Spirometry Testing, please refer to the info about our very popular course by clicking above.It's a course with both presentation and hands ­on opportunities.

Kiwis of all ages are dying from asthma each year!

You can help save their lives by supporting us to educate and prevent this happening...
For general enquiries, email or call 07 838 0851
Alternatively, contact us by using our other details or contact form

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