Training and Education

Lung Foundation Australia has developed a range of training programs. Please click on the tabs on the below for more information.

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COPD Online is an interactive training program aimed at increasing the knowledge, confidence and skills of nurses and other health professionals in the identification, diagnosis and management of patients with COPD.

The training has a series of 18 modules which include:

  • case studies and videos
  • care plans and the Medical Benefits Schedule
  • downloadable assessment tools and patient handouts
  • quizzes to test knowledge

By the end of this training course health professionals will be able to:

  • identify people at risk of COPD
  • educate patients on COPD and evidence-based management
  • support patients and motivate them to engage in self-management practices
  • develop self-management plans with patients
  • work effectively with other members of the multidisciplinary health care team.

Modules provided in this training include:

  • The respiratory system and COPD
  • Identifying people with COPD
  • Spirometry
  • COPD medicines
  • Inhaler device technique
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation and physical activity
  • Related conditions
  • Smoking cessation
  • Long term oxygen therapy
  • Self-management plans
  • Managing exacerbations

This training has been accredited for continuing professional development points with the Australian College of Nursing and points with Australian Primary Care Nurse Association.

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The Lungs in Action Full Instructor Training program has been designed to provide accreditation for personal trainers, fitness instructors, exercise physiologists and physiotherapists to deliver a community based exercise maintenance program for people with stable chronic lung disease who have completed a Pulmonary Rehabilitation program and people with stable NYHA Class II and Class III Heart Failure who have completed Heart Failure Rehabilitation.

This training program combines the Lungs in Action Online Theory Training and the Lungs in Action Instructor Accreditation Course (Practical Upgrade).

This training has been accredited for continuing professional development points with ESSA and credits with Fitness Australia.

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Lungs in Action Online Theory Training is an online continuing education tool for those who have a role in exercising people with chronic stable lung conditions and/or heart failure, or who are a part of a broader multidisciplinary team that provide these services.

It is also a great way for those who choose not to, or may not meet the requirements to be a Lungs in Action instructor but would still like to expand their knowledge and understanding with up to date best practice on exercise safety and limitations with this clientele.

This training has been accredited for continuing professional development points with ESSA and credits with Fitness Australia.

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The Lungs in Action Practical Upgrade provides access to the practical component of the Lungs in Action Full Instructor package, for those who have already completed the Lung in Action Online Theory on a separate occasion.

Completion of this upgrade along with previous successful completion on the Lungs in Action Theory Online training has been designed to provide accreditation for personal trainers, fitness instructors, exercise physiologists and physiotherapists to deliver a community based exercise maintenance program for people with stable chronic lung disease who have completed a Pulmonary Rehabilitation program and people with stable NYHA Class II and Class III Heart Failure who have completed Heart Failure Rehabilitation.

This training has been accredited for continuing professional development points with ESSA and credits with Fitness Australia.

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The Lungs in Action Heart Failure training is designed to increase knowledge and awareness for those with a role in exercising people with Heart Failure, or as a part of a broader multidisciplinary team that provide these services.

By the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • distinguish the key components of exercise programming for those with heart failure
  • identify the safety precautions for exercising a person with heart failure
  • be able to recognise the limitations for exercising people with heart failure.

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Pulmonary Rehabilitation Training Online (PRT Online) is an interactive online training program for health professionals to increase their knowledge and confidence in the delivery of evidence-based, best practice pulmonary rehabilitation.

Modules provided in this training course include:

  • The respiratory system and COPD
  • Establishing a pulmonary rehabilitation program
  • Comprehensive patient assessment
  • Spirometry
  • Assessing exercise capacity
  • Quality of life
  • Exercise training
  • Patient education
  • Program evaluation and troubleshooting

This training has been accredited for continuing professional development points with ESSA and hours with APA.

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COPD Pharmacy Online is an interactive training program aimed at increasing the knowledge, confidence and skills of pharmacists in the identification and management of patients with COPD.

By the end of this training course pharmacists will be able to:

  • educate patients on COPD
  • educate patients on evidence-based management of COPD
  • motivate patients to engage in self-management practices for COPD, including the optimal use of medicines
  • implement a COPD case finding (risk assessment and screening) service with the pharmacy setting
  • work effectively with other members of the multidisciplinary health care team for patients with COPD.

Modules provided in this training course include:

  • The respiratory system and COPD
  • Role of the pharmacist in the management of COPD (including health promotion and disease management)
  • COPD medicines
  • Inhaler device technique
  • COPD case finding (risk assessment and screening)
  • Planning for a COPD service

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Courses coming in 2017!

This module provides a brief overview of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

By the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • explain what COPD is
  • recognise that COPD is a progressive disease, where severity is assessed through diagnostic testing
  • identify the causes and describe symptoms of COPD
  • describe the impact of COPD on the individual
  • illustrate the impact of COPD in the community and Australian health care system
  • identify the important role of Primary Care in COPD diagnosis and management.
This course provides an overview of the respiratory system and the pathophysiological impact of COPD.

By the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • identify components of the respiratory system
  • describe the structure and function of the lungs
  • outline the process of breathing
  • explain the difference between healthy lungs and lungs with COPD
  • describe the changes that occur in the lungs due to emphysema
  • describe the symptoms that are characteristic of chronic bronchitis
  • identify other respiratory conditions that may be confused with COPD
  • recognise the links between other chronic conditions and COPD.
This module provides an overview of medicines used for patients with COPD.

By the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • outline the medicines used to manage COPD
  • describe the actions of medicines used to manage COPD
  • discuss the medicine requirements at each severity stage of COPD
  • discuss the medicines used to manage an exacerbation of COPD.
This module provides an overview of inhaler device technique.

By the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • outline the range of inhaler devices and spacers available for patients with COPD
  • recognise the correct technique for use of inhalers and spacers
  • explain how to care for inhaler devices and spacers
  • describe the benefits of using a pressurised metered dose inhaler (pMDI) and spacer compared to nebuliser.
This module provides an overview of pulmonary rehabilitation and physical activity.

By the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • outline the benefits of physical activity for patients with COPD
  • identify recommended guidelines for physical activity
  • describe the benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation
  • outline what is involved in a pulmonary rehabilitation program.
This course provides an overview of:

  • smoking and interventions to support smoking cessation
  • immunisation for patients with COPD
  • oxygen therapy, prescription and equipment options.

By the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • explain the risks of smoking and benefits of stopping
  • recognise the steps in counselling patients to give up smoking
  • outline smoking cessation pharmacotherapy options available to patients
  • recognise those interventions that prevent exacerbations
  • describe the benefits of immunisation for a patient with COPD
  • explain who benefits from home oxygen
  • explain how the need for oxygen therapy is assessed and monitored
  • identify the different equipment options available to patients prescribed home oxygen.
This module provides information regarding the early identification and management of exacerbations of COPD.

By the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • identify the importance of early identification and management of exacerbations of COPD
  • develop individualised symptom management action plans with COPD patients and their carers
  • educate patients on how to monitor their symptoms
  • outline when a patient requires hospitalisation
  • describe the value of using controlled oxygen and ventilation during an exacerbation
  • recognise how to implement appropriate management for COPD patients with frequent exacerbations
  • recognise the role of general practice in review and follow-up.
This course will cover how to identify a person at risk of COPD and to confirm a diagnosis.

By the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • discuss who is at risk of COPD
  • identify issues surrounding misdiagnosis/under-diagnosis of COPD
  • outline the steps involved in delivering a targeted case finding activity
  • interpret results from a test using a COPD screening device
  • recognise those people that you would recommend for a spirometry test
  • identify how a diagnosis of COPD is confirmed using spirometry results
  • list the common problems in performing spirometry
  • outline the measures collected during a spirometry test.