About Your Health

So you or someone in your family has a respiratory condition.  You are far from alone!

About 800,000 New Zealanders are affected by asthma, COPD and other respiratory conditions.

Asthma

Asthma is increasing worldwide.  1 in 6 adults and 1 in 4 New Zealand children has asthma.  For children, asthma is one of the most common causes of hospital admissions.

Currently there is no cure for asthma.  However, there are lots of things you can do to manage your asthma well so that it doesn’t impact too much on their lives. . You can start by learning as much as you can about asthma, how it affects you, the steps you can take to manage it well, and following a healthy lifestyle.

The Asthma Foundation can provide you with information to make things easier for you, and our 17 affiliated Asthma Societies and Trusts can help you manage your asthma.

COPD

COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. It is sometimes called CORD (Chronic Obstructive Respiratory Disease). Over 200 000 New Zealanders have COPD, including 15 percent of Kiwis aged over 45.  There is currently no cure for COPD, however there are lots of ways you can help yourself to manage the symptoms of COPD, and try to improve your quality of life.

The Asthma Foundation can help you learn more about your condition, and our 17 affiliated Asthma Societies and Trusts offer one-to-one education and support. We can help you to help yourself. And you will find that there are plenty of people who want to support you.