Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary Rehabilitation is one of the most effective interventions for COPD and other chronic lung conditions.

To find out more about Pulmonary Rehabilitation view our fact sheet by clicking the link below:

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Ian Venamore lives with COPD.  Watch this video to learn how pulmonary rehabilitation has helped him manage his chronic lung disease and continues to help him lead a quality life.

To find your nearest Pulmonary Rehabilitation location click here.

‘I ♥ my Pulmonary Rehabilitation’

‘A patient’s prospective on why they ♥ Pulmonary Rehabilitation’

Lung Foundation Australia knows that Pulmonary Rehabilitation can dramatically improve a person’s quality of life but we want everyone else to know about it too.  We’d like your help to spread the word about all the benefits.

There are many health professionals (including but not limited to; physiotherapists, nurses and exercise physiologists) who are involved in the delivery of Pulmonary Rehabilitation programs. This dedicated group provide enormous support to the patients they work with and while loved and appreciated by their patients, can often go unrecognised in their day to day life.

We would like to recognise the different health professionals and their roles within pulmonary rehabilitation and the positive impact they contribute to a person’s quality of life by sharing patient stories.

On World Physiotherapy Day in 2014 we supported the APA’s I ♥ my Physio campaign to recognise the role of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation physiotherapist.

Following on from this campaign we would also like to recognise all the other valued health professionals Lung Foundation Australia work closely with, who deliver Pulmonary Rehabilitation programs.

In 2015 we will be starting with recognising the contributions of the Accredited Exercise Physiologist in the lead up to, and during Exercise Right Week (25th – 29th of May 2015).

‘I ♥ my Pulmonary Rehabilitation Accredited Exercise Physiologist’ Patient stories…

Patricia Smareglia

Exercise can have life changing impact for people with chronic lung conditions.  Ask your GP about referring you to see an exercise professional who specialise in chronic lung disease.  Patricia tells us about her experience…. My name is Patricia Smareglia and I have been coming to the QUT Health Clinic for over three years for…

Brian Foster

I love my pulmonary rehabilitation exercise physiologist and Lungs in Action exercise class as it has been very beneficial to my health and my breathing. The Lungs in Action class has helped to improve my breathlessness. Each morning I have to walk up a hill and after participating in this class I can now do…


‘I ♥ my Pulmonary Rehabilitation Physiotherapist’ Patient stories…


Mary Kirkwood

Hi, my name is Mary. I would like to share my story about how COPD changed my life for the better. I am 56 years old, divorced and a mother of three. Until recently, the only time I had ever been in hospital was when I was having my children, 27 years ago.  Having said…

Jenni Ibrahim

I would like to sing the praises of three amazing Pulmonary Rehabilitation Physiotherapists who have supported my health care for the past 15 years. I did phase 1 in hospital and at home, phase 2 at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital as an out patient in the program, then for the past 15 years have attended…


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Exercise physiologists, nurses and a number of other health professionals.

Share your story on why you ‘♥ your Pulmonary Rehabilitation’ program, or specifically why you ♥ your pulmonary rehabilitation physiotherapist, exercise physiologist, nurse, or any other valued member of the team email us at enquiries@lungfoundation.com.au.