The AusPollen project will provide allergy and asthma patients with accurate, relevant, localised information on pollen counts. AusPollen will lead to reduced symptoms, improved quality of life, and will empower patients to self-manage their condition.
Local daily grass pollen forecasts will help people with allergies to grass pollen to manage their symptoms better!
Allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and asthma attacks triggered by grass pollen, can regularly affect up to three million Australians. Natural factors such as ecology, land cover, weather and wind direction influence seasonal and daily levels of airborne pollen. Even moderate levels of airborne grass pollen can reduce quality of life by disrupting regular activities.
The annual direct medical cost of asthma alone is $1.1 billion, according to Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy’s (ASCIA) Access Economics Report of 2007. The total societal cost of asthma and allergies was estimated at $30 billion.