May 8, 2013

What’s On This Month?

Health Professional Training

Lung Foundation Australia offers a range of clinical resources and educational opportunities for health professionals caring for people with lung disease.

COPD Clinical Resources and Education

General Practice

favicon COPD Online, an interactive training program for primary care nurses – COPD Online recently celebrated its 1st anniversary. Evaluation has shown that the training has increased confidence in identifying and managing patients with COPD, including the development of self-management plans. For more information email the Project Manager or visit the website page. 
favicon COPD-X Guidelines for Management of COPD. Full COPD-X Guidelines – Detailed guidelines outlining the evidence base can be found on the interactive website. Register to ensure you are updated regularly.
favicon COPD-X Concise Guidelines for Primary Care – Coming in August.  This GP handbook will summarise the full COPD-X guidelines into the main recommendations and will provide strength of recommendations.  Register on the COPD-X website to be notified when this is available.
favicon Stepwise Management for Stable COPD – This is a single page translation of the guidelines.  Download your copy here.
favicon GP online education – One of our Lung Foundation COPD National Program Executive members, A/Prof Ian Yang worked with HealthCert and RACGP to develop an online GP education around the COPD-X guidelines. A workshop and case studies were also developed in support of this.
favicon Clinical Resources. COPD Action Plan – Download your copy of the Action Plan for your patients.
favicon Primary Care Respiratory Toolkit – This toolkit includes a lung age estimator.
favicon Lung Health Checklist (available in a number of languages)
favicon COPD Screening Devices
favicon Patient Educational Fact Sheets
favicon Better Living with COPD – A Patient’s Guide: this excellent book has helped thousands of patients to better manage their COPD.  It is available for purchase or can be downloaded.


COPD Pharmacy Online- This training is being piloted in June and aims to increase the confidence and knowledge of pharmacists to develop a COPD service in pharmacy. 

The training covers the role of the pharmacist in risk assessment and screening, health promotion and disease state management for COPD.

For more information, email the Project Manager or visit the website

Supporting Resources –   A range of supporting resources for pharmacy is in development.  Visit our website to see what is currently available.

Allied Health Professionals

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Training Online – up-skills nurses, accredited exercise physiologists and physiotherapists to deliver best practice, evidence based pulmonary rehabilitation.  Visit the website or email the Program Manager.

Exercise Professionals

Lungs in Action trains exercise professionals to deliver community based exercise post pulmonary rehabilitation.  Visit the website for more details or email the Program manager.

Inaugural Australian Rare Lung Diseases Short course  9th– 10th August 2013

Lung Foundation Australia, in partnership with the Thoracic Society of Australia & New Zealand (TSANZ), is proud to announce that registration for the 2013 Inaugural Australian Rare Lung Disease Short Course is now open. The Registration brochure and Application Form can be downloaded from our website.

The 1.5 day short course will focus on diagnosis and therapy for Interstitial Lung Disease  and scientific research. Presentations will be given by international speaker Professor Vincent Cottin from the University of Lyon, France and leading Australian specialists in Interstitial Lung Disease. The Australian Rare Lung Disease Short Course 2013 program is now available.

For more information please visit the website

15th World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC) 2013      27th – 30th October 2013

Lung Foundation Australia is proud to support the 15th WCLC 2013 and to be working with the Conference Presidents and part of the Local Organising Committee in the stunning location of Sydney, Australia.  Building on the success of previous conferences, the theme of the 2013 meeting ‘Next-Generation Lung Cancer Care’ will underpin the need for collaboration and cooperation in producing the best possible outcomes in the treatment of lung cancer.  Call for Abstracts and Registration are now open.

For more information please visit the Conference website.