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Thunderstorm Asthma

Melbourne experienced its largest epidemic thunderstorm asthma event in November 2016, with thousands of people developing breathing difficulties in a very short period of time. It caused significant demand on both Ambulance Victoria and hospital emergency departments and sadly may have contributed to nine lives being lost.

To help the community understand thunderstorm asthma the Asthma Foundation of Victoria have community education sessions across Victoria. 

These free community sessions can be attended by anyone, and will cover the following topics:

  • What is Thunderstorm Asthma
  • Who is at risk of Thunderstorm Asthma
  • How do you respond to a thunderstorm event
  • How to perform asthma First Aid  
  • The link between asthma and hay fever

Click here to book your place in a session or contact the Asthma Foundation of Victoria directly on 1800 ASTHMA (1800 278 462)

The National Asthma Council Australia has also commenced roll out of thunderstorm asthma training sessions for health professionals (including general practitioners, practice nurses and pharmacists). Visit the National Asthma Council Australia website to find out more about these sessions.

Translated information on thunderstorm asthma 

Following the 2016 event, the Department of Health and Human Services developed translated resources in 20 languages. The resources can be accessed here.   

Physical Activity
Check out our Sport and Recreation information, or find a sport or physical activity group in our Community Directory. There are many options to keep fit across Hume City.

Healthy Eating

Have you been to Bookmark 3047, a cafe run by us in partnership with Kangan Institute with a strong healthy food focus? Check out the Bookmark 3047 Facebook page to connect.

Breast screening

It is important for all women aged 50 to 74 to have a breast screen every two years. The screen only takes 10 minutes and is free. To book an appointment visit the BreastScreen Victoria website or call 13 20 50.

Community Gardens

There are five community fruit and vegetable gardens across Hume City. These gardens have been built and are being used by local residents and all are welcome to contribute and enjoy.


Updated : 11:39 AM, 6 October 2017

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