About the Asthma Swim Program
As asthma affects 1 in 10 children in Australia and is one of the most common reasons for school absenteeism and for children being admitted to hospital, the Asthma Foundation NT developed the Asthma Swim Program to work with local families to assist with engaging children with asthma to do regular physical activity while their families receive support in asthma management.
The program has been successfully running for 17 years and is very unique to the Territory.
One of the qualified asthma educators attends the swim classes each week to provide support and answer questions for parents/carers in a relaxed informal setting. This encourages the development of a relationship with the participating families so that they feel comfortable in discussing asthma management strategies while their children are swimming. It is hoped that this program will provide a lifetime benefit to all participants by establishing a routine of regular exercise along with appropriate asthma management.