April 28, 2016

Seminar aims to help lung disease patients improve quality of life

Perth residents will gain expert tips on how to breathe easier thanks to a Lung Foundation Australia seminar next month.

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

“In Perth alone, lung disease affects nearly 200,000 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.

“With good self-management and knowledge about their condition, people can be better informed and in control of their lives.

“For example, one of the sessions highlights the benefits of physical activity and exercise in the management of your lung disease and any safety concerns.

“By hosting these educational seminars, Lung Foundation Australia helps 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.

“To ensure the material is relevant to the community we have local speakers from the Royal Perth Hospital and Royal Charles Gardner Hospital to discuss 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 could 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,” she said.

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

 

More information

Date: Friday 27th May 

Time:  9.00am—12.00pm

Venue: Boulevard Hall, The Boulevard Centre, 99 The Boulevard Floreat WA 6014

Cost: $10 (payable on the day)

Presentations:

  • Cough, sputum and airway infection – Dr Lesley Bennett, Consultant Respiratory Physician at Royal Perth Hospital
  • Am I too sick to exercise? – Dr Sue Jenkins and Nola Cecins, Pulmonary Rehabilitation Physiotherapists at Sir Charles Gardner Hospital