Within our region, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) accounts for 4.9% of the preventable hospitalisations and is the fourth leading cause of death. From the bush fire smoke over summer, to the COVID-19 pandemic we’re currently facing, there’s never been a better time to focus on the importance of lung health, particularly for those already living with a chronic lung condition such as COPD.
While there is no cure for COPD, it is a preventable condition that can be treated in the Primary Care setting, through both pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches. 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” Participating GP
“As a result of participating in the 2018-19 Collaborative we have a greater understanding of the importance of screening new patients with risk factors for COPD to enable us and the patient themselves to better manage their condition” Participating Practice GP
“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 Nurse
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 30%
Hear about the experience of Lawson Medical Practice participating in the COPD Collaborative (2017/18).
In May 2018, our COPD Collaborative Wave Chair, Dr Andrew Knight, along with program coordinator Jacquie Millyn, presented on the outcomes of the first COPD Collaborative (2017/18) to the qiCommunity.
COPD Collaborative 2020/2021
If you would like to get involved so your practice can better support patients with COPD, we are currently recruiting general practices to participate in the 2020/21 COPD Collaborative.
The collaborative aims to support general practices to implement quality improvement activities which will improve outcomes for patients with COPD.
For more information, please contact the COPD Program Officer on 47088100.
*Points allocation is dependent upon attendance at all Learning Workshops and completion of Evaluation forms.
If you would like to register your interest, please complete and submit the form below.
COPD Collaborative 2020/2021 Expression of Interest Form