February 18, 2016

New seminar equips lung disease patients to improve quality of life

Lung Foundation Australia will host the Better Living with Your Lung Disease Patient Seminar for those living with a chronic lung disease in Dubbo for the first time ever next month.  

Lung Foundation Australia CEO, Heather Allan, said one in ten people in Australia has a chronic lung disease such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (emphysema or chronic bronchitis).i In Dubbo, alone, this means that about 12,000 people will be affected.ii

“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,” Mrs Allan said.

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

“We have local speakers from the Dubbo Base Hospital to provide guests with ideas, tips and alternative ways of making everyday tasks like cooking dinner or hanging out the washing a bit easier.”

Mrs Allan said something as simple as sitting down when cutting their vegetables or folding their washing will 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.”

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

 

More information

Date:  Friday 11th March 2016

Time:  9.45am—2.00pm

Venue: Dubbo RSL Club Resort, Cnr Brisbane and Wingewarra Streets

Cost: $10 (payable on the day)

 Presentations:

  • Maintaining Functional Capacity – Emilie Conn, Senior Cardio Pulmonary Physiotherapist at the Dubbo Base Hospital
  • Lung Function Testing – Richard Hawksworth, Respiratory Physiologist at the Dubbo Base Hospital
  • COPD, Asthma, and Sleep Apnoea – Explaining These Common Respiratory Conditions – Dr Sugamya Mallawaphantri, Respiratory Physician at the Dubbo Base Hospital

Check out the invitation here. 

 

References

[i] 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

[ii] Dubbo City Council, 2012, http://www.economicprofile.com.au/dubbo/