February 18, 2016

Welcome to the February 2016 edition of LungNet News

Welcome to the February 2016 edition of LungNet News and Happy New Year to all our readers.

This year, we are introducing a theme to each newsletter and the focus of this issue is self-management. We draw your attention to the articles on managing daily activities with shortness of breath below; the importance of the services provided by community pharmacies to COPD patients on page eight; and the article on a little known lung disease called nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM) on page six. We hope you will also be interested in the article on page three which provides a snapshot of the results of the patient survey we included with LungNet News in August 2015.

We take this opportunity to remind you of the availability of our self-management resources, particularly the Better Living with Your Lung Disease DVDs. This series of 10 topics aims to increase the knowledge and confidence of people living with lung disease to enable them to better manage their condition and its symptoms and their overall wellbeing.

The topics included are:

  1. Managing your lung disease
  2. How do your lungs work?
  3. Managing your breathlessness
  4. Managing treatment options
  5. Questions you can ask your health professional?
  6. Who is your healthcare team?
  7. Managing your fatigue and energy conservation
  8. Tips for looking after yourself and your disease
  9. Benefits of physical activity programs and ongoing support
  10. Supportive care and end of life issues

Visit our self-management page to view the videos or patients can obtain a free copy by calling 1800 654 301. Health professionals can buy the DVD online here. Until 31 March, the DVDs are on sale for $15 for the single DVD with all 10 topics and $25 for the suite of 10 topics on individual DVDs. The Health Professional Kits are also on sale for $45. Please note: postage and handling is an additional cost.