August 28, 2013

Regional self-management patient project launches in Toowoomba

A new series of DVDs specially designed to help people living with lung disease to better manage their disease, symptoms and treatment will be launched in Toowoomba on Friday 30 August.

Lung Foundation Australia’s ‘Better Living with Your Lung Disease’ program support and enable people living with a lung disease through a series of educational patient DVDs focused giving patients the ability ‘self-manage’ their disease.

The Lung Foundation’s Glenda Colburn said the DVDs are an excellent opportunity for patients to learn the importance of managing their disease and techniques on how they can implement these strategies in their homes.

“These DVDs are especially useful for people in regional areas and will help patients live the highest quality of life possible, within the constraints of their illness,” Ms Colburn said.

“As part of the launch of the DVDs, we’re hosting a series of free national seminars to increase awareness among people living with a lung disease and to promote good ‘self-management’,” she said.

“Education is vital to helping people be better informed and in control of their health.

“These seminars cover topics from practical tips on how to manage breathlessness and fatigue to the latest developments in lung transplants and stem cell research.

“We know that helping people to better manage their condition reduces hospitalisations and improves their quality of life.

“Primary Health Care Professionals will also benefit from this new resource as it provides, evidence-based practical tips for people with lung disease in a very easy to watch format, which they can take home and watch in their own time, saving hands-on time.

“I was amazed to learn more than 2 million Australians have a lung disease.

“This is a hidden health issue in our community because many people don’t talk about lung health and their voices aren’t being heard despite affecting one in seven Australians.

“In fact lung cancer is the most common life-threatening cancer in the world.”

Ms Colburn said the seminar is free thanks to funding from the Australian Government under the Chronic Disease Prevention and Service Improvement Fund.

 “Anyone can come along, whether they are a patient, a carer or a family member wishing to find out more information about lung health,” she said.

“We also welcome members of the public who have an interest in lung health. 

“People will have the opportunity to learn about the work of Lung Foundation Australia, meet with members of our organisation, and learn about support services available in their local area.”

Several highly respected and experienced guest speakers will join the official launch covering topics including:

  • Breathing, Breathlessness and How to Relieve It
  • Energy Conservation and Action Plans: How They Can Help You
  • Latest Developments in Lung Transplantation and Stem Cell Research

The presenters will also be available for questions about their presentation topics. 

To receive a copy of the DVD please call 1800 654 301 or visit




Event Details:

Date: Friday 30th August 2013

Time: 9.45am — 2.00pm

Venue: Middle Ridge Golf Club, Rowbotham Street, Middle Ridge

Morning Tea and Lunch provided

Please note: the room is air conditioned and may be cool

While the event is free, please call Lung Foundation Australia on 1800 654 301 to book for catering purposes.


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