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COPD Collaborative

Within our region, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) accounts for 4.9% of the preventable hospitalisations and is the fourth leading cause of death. 

The COPD Collaborative aims to reduce the number of hospital admissions in our region and will focus on improving the quality of life and wellbeing of people living with COPD.

The feedback from practices who have participated in previous Collaboratives has been extremely positive:

“The tools and resources we were provided to help identify COPD patients, and to record results and set patient reminders/recalls were wonderful, and helped to highlight our areas for improvement” Participating GP

“The changes we’ve made in practice during this program will help us to achieve better, positive outcomes for our patients with COPD, and we will also make use of the excellent resources from HealthPathways” Pariticpating GP

“This program made the GPs more aware of checking immunisations in patient files and improving reminder systems” Participating Practice Nurse

“Attending the learning workshops throughout the program was a great way to meet other practice staff and share ideas. The extra training sessions on Spirometry and Inhaler Device Technique really complemented the program as well” Participating Practice GP

We have also seen excellent results for participating practices across a number of program measures:

  • More than doubled the number of COPD patients with recorded Spirometry results
  • Increased the number of COPD patients with GP Management Plan by 30%
  • Increased the number of COPD patients with a COPD Action Plan by

Hear about the experience of Lawson Medical Practice participating in the COPD Collaborative (2017/18). 

In May, our COPD Collaborative Wave Chair, Dr Andrew Knight, along with program coordinator Jacquie Millyn, presented on the outcomes of our last COPD Collaborative to the qiCommunity.


COPD Collaborative 2018/2019

If you would like to know more about how your practice can better support patients with COPD, the PHN is currently recruiting General Practices to participate in the 2019/20 COPD Collaborative

The collaborative aims to support General Practices to implement quality improvement activities which will improve outcomes for patients with COPD.

Practices involved will be eligible for participation and performance outcome payments for the practice and GPs will also be eligible to receive CPD Points*.

If you would like to register your interest you can download and complete the EOI here

For more information, please contact Caz Brancatisano, Program Development Officer on 02 4708 8119 or

*Points allocation is dependent upon attendance at all Learning Workshops and completion of Evaluation forms.

Contact us

For more information or any enquiries please call the COPD Collaborative Program Officer on 02 4708 8119.