• To improve asthma self-management
  • To reduce the uptake of tobacco smoking amongst high school students.
  • To evaluate the implementation of the Asthma and Smoking Prevention Project (ASPP) in the new setting of the Northern Territory (NT).

To clinically evaluate approximately 40 Indigenous adolescents with respiratory symptoms:

  • To obtain pilot data for a future cluster randomised control trial that will determine whether a multi-component, peer-led school intervention improves asthma control and prevents tobacco smoking uptake in Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth
  • To determine if asthma in Indigenous youth is associated with a systemic pattern of non-eosinophilic inflammation and systemic markers of innate immune activation (IL-6, fibrinogen, CRP).

ASAP comprises the evidence based Triple A (Adolescent Asthma Action) program, a peer-led, asthma education initiative, with an added class smoke free pledge.

Using an empowerment education approach it involves Peer Leaders from Year 10 educating Year 7 students about asthma and prevention of smoking using videos, games and activities and presenting key messages through creative performances.

The program is not currently in the Northern Territory. The study aims to evaluate the implementation of ASPP in the Territory.

Implications for policy and practice:

The findings of the study will help guide appropriate management of participants.

Chief investigators:
  • Associate Professor Smita Shah, Western Sydney Local Health District and University of Sydney
  • Jan Saunders, Asthma Foundation Northern Territory
  • Professor Anne Chang, Menzies School of Health Research
  • Peter Gibson, John Hunter Hospital
  • Jill McGee, Asthma Foundation Northern Territory
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The project commenced in 2013 and is due for completion at the end of 2014.

  • Asthma Australia.
  1. Pioneering asthma education program and research in Darwin schools

    Pioneering asthma education program and research in Darwin schools


    An innovative asthma awareness and self-management program with tobacco uptake prevention funded by Asthma Australiaís National Research Program is being introduced to school students in Darwin.