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COPD Resources and Services

COPD Resources and Services

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a serious, progressive and disabling condition that limits airflow in the lungs and is a type of chronic airways disease (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2014).

Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the most common features of the disease. People with COPD are often short of breath and may have frequent coughing.

The condition mainly affects older people and the main cause is active smoking or exposure to smoking.

Lung Foundation Australia – Clinical Resources 

The Lung Foundation Australia has developed a comprehensive range of clinical resources that support general practice in the diagnosis and management of COPD. These include:

  • The COPD-X Guidelines is the Australian and New Zealand online management guidelines for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. 
  • The COPD-X Concise Guide for Primary Care has been written to assist GPs, nurses and the general practice team in the management of patients with COPD.  
  • Stepwise Management of Stable COPD is a guide to pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions according to level of severity of disease.
  • Primary Care Respiratory Toolkit supports the promotion of lung health as well as the early diagnosis and best practice treatment of lung disease.
  • General Practice Management Plan (GPMP) and Team Care Arrangement (TCA) template for patients with COPD to import into medical software for use in managing a patient with COPD. 
  • The COPD Action Plan guides the patient in recognising when their symptoms change and what action they should take. This Plan can be accessed as an editable PDF and in rtf for Medical Software.  
  • Medicare item numbers for COPD identifies key numbers that can be accessed for the care of patients with an indicated or confirmed diagnosis of COPD.  

You can access the Lung Foundation's Resources online.

Other resources 

Services available within the Nepean Blue Mountains 

  • Spirometry is a common test used to assess how well your lungs work by measuring how much air you can inhale, how much you can exhale and how quickly you can exhale. Spirometry is used as an aid to diagnose asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other conditions that affect breathing. 

Spirometry is covered by Medicare at the following locations: 

  • Nepean Hospital Respiratory Lab
    Outpatients, Level 1, West Block,
    Nepean Hospital, Derby St, Kingswood 
  • Nepean Lung and Sleep
    28 Derby St, Kingswood
    (02) 4722 3001

Your General Practice may also offer spirometry. 

  • Pulmonary rehabilitation is a comprehensive program for people with a chronic lung disease who have symptoms of breathlessness and find it difficult to do activities of daily life.
  • Lungs in Action is the Lung Foundation Australia’s community based maintenance exercise program for people with stable chronic lung conditions who have completed a pulmonary rehabilitation. For class locations, go to http://lungsinaction.com.au/class-locations/ 
  • Patient support groups meet regularly to provide a welcoming, informal environment for those with a lung condition, their families and/or carers.