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Kristine Whorlow AM retires as CEO of National Asthma Council

The National Asthma Council Australia’s inaugural chief executive officer Kristine Whorlow AM has retired.

NAC Chair Dr Jonathon Burdon said Ms Whorlow’s decision to retire caps a remarkable career of continuous service to the asthma community, both in Australia and internationally, including the Asia Pacific region.

“Kristine is a leader in her field and her expertise has established the NAC as the leading authoritative body for asthma in Australia with a considerable global reputation,” Dr Burdon said.

“We thank Kristine for her important contribution to improving asthma management in Australia. Her achievements are many, including facilitating asthma’s recognition as a national health priority and leading the ongoing development of asthma’s national treatment guidelines.

“Kristine has generated Australian Government program funding for asthma since 2001 and recently acquired Government funding for the fifth National Asthma Strategy now in the final stages of the AHMAC process.”

Dr Burdon also announced the appointment of the NAC’s new CEO, Siobhan Brophy, effective from August 1.

Ms Brophy was the NAC’s strategy and communications manager.

The NAC’s purpose is to reduce the health, social and economic impacts of asthma throughout Australia including free education workshops for GPs and allied health professionals funded by the Australian government through our Asthma & Respiratory Education Program.

Australia’s Institute for Health and Welfare’s data shows one in nine Australians have asthma– around 2.5 million people, based on self-reported data. The data also reports one in five people aged 15 and over with asthma have a written asthma action plan.