April 27, 2016

Seminar returns to Mandurah to equip lung disease patients to breathe easier

Mandurah residents will be able to breathe easier following a special community seminar next month.

Lung Foundation Australia CEO Heather Allan said one in ten people in Australia had a chronic lung disease such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (emphysema or chronic bronchitis), which was why it was so important these seminars were held in local communities.i 

“In Mandurah alone, this means that about 8,000 people will be affectedii,” 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.

“During the seminar we will provide information to enable people with a lung disease to lead full and fulfilling lives, such as tips on how to fly.

“We’ll also be explaining the differences between COPD and asthma and giving attendees an overview of how to optimise the way they manage their condition.”

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

“To ensure the material is relevant to the community we have local speakers from the Respiratory Testing Services and Falcon Grove Medical Centre to discuss ideas, tips and alternative ways of making everyday tasks like hanging out the washing a bit easier.”

Mrs Allan said even 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:  Thursday 26th May 2016

Time:  9.00am—12.00pm

Venue: Mandurah Bowling and Recreation Club, 89 Allnut Street Mandurah

Cost: $10 (payable on the day)

 

Presentations:

  • Fitness to Fly – Bill Smith, Respiratory Scientist and Director at Respiratory Testing Services
  • COPD, Asthma, or Both? – Explaining These Common Respiratory Conditions – Dr Andrew Webster, Consultant Respiratory and Sleep Physician at Falcon Grove Medical Centre