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In 1999 asthma was declared a National Health Priority Area in recognition of the significant health, social, economic and emotional burden that asthma places on the Australian community. The Australian Centre for Asthma Monitoring (ACAM) was established, in February 2002, as one of the activities associated with this priority area. It is a collaborating unit of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) based at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research (formerly known as the Institute of Respiratory Medicine), Sydney.

In July 2014, the 'Asthma' in ACAM was changed to 'Airways disease' to more accurately reflect the scope of monitoring at the Centre. The reporting focus at ACAM increased to include, most notably Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). The name change from the Australian Centre for Asthma Monitoring to the Australian Centre for Airways disease Monitoring also helps to convey the difficulty in separating asthma and COPD diagnoses in the elderly, where much of the burden of airways disease exists in Australia.

The Australian Centre for Airways disease Monitoring (ACAM) aims to assist in reducing the burden of airways disease in Australia by developing, collating and interpreting data relevant to the prevention and management of chronic airways diseases as well as health policy. The specific objectives of ACAM are:

To develop a systematic approach to surveillance of airways disease across Australia;

To monitor and report on disease levels, burden, and trends associated with airways disease in the general population and specific population groups;

To examine social, geographical and environmental differentials that may influence the development and burden associated with airways disease;

To identify potential for improved prevention and management strategies;

To track the impact of health policy, and prevention and management strategies;

To develop and manage special projects and collaborations for the integration and enhancement of information related to airways disease.

The Centre has a part-time Director together with two full time and four part time staff, who collectively contribute expertise in asthma, public health, epidemiology and biostatistics.


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