COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe.
One in 7 Australians aged 40 years and over are living with COPD (1). Early diagnosis is important to assist with the management of this disease during the early stages leading to:
Better quality of life
Decreased disease progression and mortality
Reduced hospital admissions (2)
We fund the following local services to support COPD management:
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Service in the Hawkesbury
Through Hawkesbury District Health Service, we co-designed and fund the new Chronic Airways Limitation Management (CALM) pulmonary rehabilitation program. CALM is designed for anyone with a lung disease who has difficulty breathing and finds day-to-day activities getting harder, it is provided by a physiotherapist, specialist nurse and an assistant within Hawkesbury Community
Health Services. The aims of CALM are to:
increase your strength and the distance you can walk
increase your quality of life
increase your confidence and ability to cope
keep you out of hospital.
In a twice a week 8 week group program, CALM provides:
a supervised personal exercise program to improve your fitness and ability to do day-to-day activities
education sessions to help with symptom management
peer support and social interaction
access to an ongoing exercise group (Lungs in Action which is also funded by the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network and runs out of Hawkesbury Community Health Services).
To participate in the program, you will need a referral from your GP or respiratory specialist.
Lungs in Action Exercise Class
We fund the Lungs in Action Exercise Group in the Hawkesbury, which is a safe exercise class for people with stable chronic lung conditions. The group meets on Tuesday mornings 11am to 12pm and Wednesday mornings 9am to 10am, at the Community Health Centre, Hawkesbury Hospital.
Classes are suitable for people using supplemental oxygen and / or walking frames. There are seated options for every exercise. To participate, you will need a referral from your GP, specialist or rehabilitation clinician.
The classes are run by Rebecca, who is specially trained in exercising people with lung disease and heart failure.Contact Rebecca on 0404 871 484for more information.
Lungs in Action is an initiative developed by Lung Foundation Australia.
Poor lung health affects 1 in 4 Australians (3). In the Nepean Blue Mountains region, COPD is a leading cause of preventable hospitalisations (4).
Any change in sputum (phlegm) colour and/or volume
Tired more than usual (less active)
A diagnosis of COPD should be considered for patients over 35 years who are a current or ex-smokers (5).
Speak to your doctor about confirming a COPD diagnosis by having a spirometry performed.
Learn more about COPD from John Ruttle, COPD patient and President of the Puffers and Wheezers support group.
To help patients understand their lung condition and improve their quality of life, the Lung Foundation offers a post Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program called Lungs in Action. These programs are provided by health professionals and consist of exercise training and information sessions.
Local Lung in Action groups are located at:
Windsor Unit 5/74 Mileham St, South Windsor, NSW 2756 Phone: Rebecca on 0404 871 484
Please visit the Lung Foundation Australia website:
2. McKenzie DK, Frith PA, Burdon et al on behalf of The Australian Lung Foundation. The COPDX Plan: Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for the Management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease 2014, found at copdx.org.au.
5. McKenzie DK, Frith PA, Burdon et al on behalf of The Australian Lung Foundation. The COPDX Plan: Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for the Management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease 2014, found at copdx.org.au