Thunderstorm asthma is the phenomenon where a large number of people develop asthma symptoms over a short period.

In November 2016, a thunderstorm triggered an unprecedented thunderstorm asthma event in metropolitan Melbourne and Geelong. It caused significant demand on both Ambulance Victoria and hospital emergency departments — and sadly may have contributed to nine lives being lost.
In response to this event, Asthma Foundation Victoria will host a thunderstorm asthma community education session in Glen Eira on Thursday 16 November.
To be held from 7pm to 8.30pm at Duncan Mackinnon Reserve Pavilion, the free session will cover:

• What is thunderstorm asthma?
• Who is at risk of thunderstorm asthma?
• How to respond to a thunderstorm asthma event?
• An overview of asthma and medications and how to perform asthma first aid.
• The link between asthma and hay fever.

RSVP is essential. Book online at
For further information, contact Glen Eira’s Council’s Service Centre on 9524 3333.