March 16, 2016

New Brisbane seminar aims to help lung disease patients improve quality of life

Local residents will gain expert tips on how to breathe easier thanks to a new Lung Foundation Australia seminar coming to the south side for the first time.

Next month will be the first time the popular Better Living with Your Lung Disease Patient Seminars for those living with a chronic lung disease have been hosted on the south side of Brisbane. 

Lung Foundation Australia CEO Heather Allan said lung disease affects hundreds of thousands of people in Brisbane alone which was why it was so important these seminars were in local communities. 

“In Brisbane alone, lung disease affects 220,000 people or one in ten of usi,” Mrs Allan said.

“For many, the symptoms of their condition (such as breathlessness) will be limiting their activities. This means simple daily tasks like doing the washing, cooking dinner or even grocery shopping can be increasingly difficult and sometimes impossible,” she said.

“By hosting these educational seminars, Lung Foundation Australia aims to help people living with a lung disease and their carers better understand their condition and know the important steps they can take to minimise their symptoms and stay well and out of hospital.

“One of the topics we are focussing on is a chronic lung disease called Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (emphysema or chronic bronchitis) which affects one in seven people aged 40 years or olderii.

“To ensure the material is relevant to the community we have local speakers from Brisbane hospitals including the Logan Hospital and Prince Charles Hospital to provide guests with the latest developments in treatment as well as ideas, tips and alternative ways of making everyday tasks a bit easier.”

Mrs Allan said something as simple as sitting down when cutting their vegetables or folding their washing can help reduce their overall breathlessness making the task easier.

“Education and up-to-date information is essential to help people live better with their lung disease.”

For more information or to RSVP to the seminar phone freecall 1800 654 301 or visithttp://lungfoundation.com.au/events/.

 

More information

Date: Monday 11th April 

Time:  9.00am—12.00pm

Venue: Southern Cross Sports Club, Cnr Logan and Klumpp Rds, Upper Mount Gravatt (Entrance via Klumpp Road)

Cost: $10 (payable on the day

Presentations:

  • Demystifying Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) – Dr Veenu Mubarak, Respiratory Physician at the Logan Hospital
  • Breathing Techniques and Airway Clearance – Kathleen Hall, Specialist Respiratory Physiotherapist from the Thoracic Medicine Department at The Prince Charles Hospital

About Lung Foundation Australia

Lung Foundation Australia is the only national charity supporting all lung diseases in Australia; providing clinical and support group representation nationwide. The Lung Foundation also produces a range of clinical resources to support evidence-based diagnosis and the management of COPD as well as a wide range of other respiratory diseases resources. Lung Foundation Australia offers a national network of patient support groups for people with COPD and other lung conditions.

 


[ii] McKenzie DK, Abramson M, Crockett AJ, at al. The COPDX Plan: Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for the Management of COPD. 2007. Available from www.COPDX.com.au