The University of Aberdeen has become the first Asthma Aware university in Scotland after collaborating on a set of e-Learning courses that will train staff and students how to effectively manage asthma-related situations.
Created by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation, the newly launched e-Learning courses will be delivered at the University as part of a commitment to reduce health inequalities within the community.
Staff and students will be offered the chance to take part in online training to spot signs and symptoms of asthma and allergies, as well as how to respond when someone needs help.
The courses will equip participants with the essential knowledge and skills to manage asthma-related situations, explaining what asthma is and what can trigger it, highlighting available treatment options and teaching practical skills to help if someone is having an asthma attack.
They are aimed at individuals living with the conditions, as well as their friends, family, colleagues, carers and anyone else who can help make a positive impact on those with asthma and allergies.
Martina Chukwuma-Ezike, University of Aberdeen Rector and Chief Executive at Asthma and Allergy Foundation, said: "I am immensely proud of the entire team for their dedication and hard work in bringing these e-Learning courses to fruition.
“This achievement not only expands our reach but also exemplifies the remarkable collaboration between our dedicated team and clinical advisors. Together, we have created a resource that will empower individuals living with asthma globally and make a lasting impact in their asthma management as well as fostering a more asthma-aware community."
The courses offer a range of topics and modules tailored to meet the specific needs of individuals with asthma and allergies. Participants will have access to evidence-based information, practical tips, and strategies for managing symptoms, avoiding triggers and improving overall wellbeing.
The modules cover key areas such as asthma information, allergy information and research, asthma awareness training, advice and support and asthma workshops. Participants receive a ‘We are Asthma Aware’ certificate upon completion of the course.
The e-Learning courses are self-paced, allowing participants to learn at their own convenience. Each module is structured with engaging content and interactive quizzes, to reinforce learning and facilitate knowledge retention.
Staff and students will be able to complete the modules through the University’s digital e-Learning platform. But others interested in completing the training can do so at the AAF website. The courses are open to individuals of all ages, including patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals interested in expanding their knowledge in asthma and allergy management.
To find out more about completing the e-Learning courses, visit www.asthmaandallergy.org.uk and navigate to the "E-Learning Course" section.