Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician


Volume 38, Issue 11, November 2009

Asthma and eligibility for the Australian Defence Force

Jodi Bailey Felicity Williams
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Entry to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) for candidates with asthma has recently changed.
This article summarises the ADF entry standards for candidates with asthma. It also explains the role of general practitioners in the safe and smooth transition to the military training environment for patients with asthma.
Candidates with mild asthma may be considered for entry to the ADF subject to certain criteria which includes normal spirometry and negative bronchial provocation testing. If a candidate with asthma is assessed as fit to enter the ADF, they will need to present to their GP before entry to ensure they are prepared. Assistance from the GP in providing the patient with appropriate Asthma Action Plans, prescriptions, and medications is required to ensure continuity of care during what is often a challenging transition to military life.

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