Press Coverage

What is thunderstorm asthma and what to do if you have it?

The Age
Nov. 22, 2016

"Thunderstorm asthma" triggered more than 1,900 calls to Ambulance Victoria on Monday night. But what exactly is thunderstorm asthma? And what should you do if you have it?

Unprecedented "thunderstorm asthma" outbreak in Melbourne

The Watchers
Nov. 22, 2016

An unprecedented spike in a rare phenomenon called "thunderstorm asthma" was reported in Melbourne, Australia on November 21, 2016 after wild storms swept through the region, abruptly ending one of the city's hottest days of the year. By the day's end, two people have died, but the number might still rise.

Two dead in Melbourne after thunderstorm causes asthma spike

The Guardian
Nov. 22, 2016

Rain and strong winds on Monday afternoon churned up pollen and other irritants causing a flood of calls to Ambulance Victoria from asthma sufferers.

Thunderstorm Asthma

ABC News via Youtube
Nov. 22, 2016

Assoc. Prof. Ed Newbigin speaks about thunderstorm asthma

Hayfever? This app will let you know when it's safe to go outside!

Nova 100
Nov. 9, 2016

Are you a hayfever sufferer? Would the app be helpful to you?

Why your hayfever is so bad this year

Yahoo7 Be
Nov. 8, 2016

Attention all hayfever sufferers.

If you've noticed yourself sneezing and sniffling this year more so than last, you're not imagining things.

November is the worst month for hayfever

Bendigo Advertiser
Nov. 8, 2016

Hayfever symptoms are expected to get worse during November.

Rain during the winter and spring months has encouraged plants and grass to grow resulting in increased pollen across the region.

Melbourne Pollen Forecast Helps You Decide if You’re Going Outside (or Not)

Broadsheet Melbourne
Nov. 8, 2016

If you feel like you’ve spent all spring mid-sneeze, you’re not the only one. Friday saw Melbourne’s highest pollen count since November 2013.

Monday's pollen count was “extreme” according to Melbourne Pollen Count and Forecast, a free website and app by Melbourne University’s School of Botany and Asthma Foundation Victoria, which recorded 154 grass pollen grains per cubic metre.

Melbourne sneezes and itches through worst hayfever season in years

ABC News
Nov. 7, 2016

Warnings that 2016's hayfever season would be the worst in years have come to pass, with sufferers across Melbourne reporting severe symptoms.

Melbourne University botanist Associate Professor Ed Newbigin warned earlier this year that the city's hayfever sufferers were set for a worse-than-usual season.

Melbourne Is Experiencing One Of Its Worst Ever Hay Fever Seasons And There Is No Relief

Nov. 7, 2016

If it seems like there are more people sniffling in your office, itching their red eyes in your uni tutorials or snorting nasal spray on your train ride home, it’s because today we’re experiencing something of a hay fever apocalypse.