The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the temporary closure of our Pulmonary Rehabilitation providers, which has subsequently impacted our Mentor network that supports the Lungs in Action Practical Training. While Lung Foundation Australia works to strengthen our Mentor network, this training is temporarily unavailable. To express your interest in completing this training, please complete the Expression of Interest form. Lung Foundation Australia will be in touch when the training becomes available. The Lungs in Action Theory Training is still available for purchase by health professionals.
This training provides access to the practical component of the Lungs in Action full instructor package which focuses on the practical skills required to develop and implement Lungs in Action classes. Completion of this training along with successful completion of the Lungs in Action Online Theory allows exercise professionals to deliver Lungs in Action classes in the community.
By the end of this training, participants will:
- Describe the pathophysiology of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, heart failure and other lung diseases
- Describe and distinguish key components of developing exercise programs for those with chronic lung diseases and heart failure
- Demonstrate an understanding of the impact chronic lung diseases and heart failure have on an individual’s ability to exercise by creating and modifying exercise programs to suit individual needs of class participants
- Implement appropriate safety precautions and risk management protocols for exercising a person with chronic lung conditions and/or heart failure
- Demonstrate vital practical skills in managing a breathless client
- Utilise achieved skills and knowledge to competently instruct a Lungs in Action class.
The practical requirements include:
- Attend 2 x pulmonary rehabilitation classes plus 2 x heart failure classes.
- If you are attending a combined Pulmonary rehabilitation/Heart failure class a minimum of 3 combination classes must be attended
- Core competency sign off: 1 x pulmonary rehabilitation core competency checklist and 1 x heart failure rehabilitation core competency checklist
- Written assignment: Design a class based on a sample list of participants
- Practical Assessment: implement a Lungs in Action class
Prior to purchasing this course there are a number of eligibility criteria and operational perquisites that need to be met. Upon meeting the criteria you will be provided with a password to purchase the training via our shop.
Please note: Lung Foundation Australia do not take any responsibility for covering the cots of these operational requirements.
- The Lungs in Action theory online training is a prerequisite to this training course
- Obtain a mentor from the local rehabilitation program – our Lungs in Action program manager can assist in connecting you with the local program. If you are unable to maintain support and uphold eligibility throughout the training process you may not be able to complete the training. Policies and procedures differ between locations, it your responsibility to ensure you meet the requirements of the specific hospital and health service you will be attending prior to enrolment. This may include immunisation status and criminal history checks.
- Physiotherapists and Accredited Exercise Physiologists are eligible for Lungs in Action Full Instructor Training
- Non accredited exercise physiologists or exercise scientists must possess at least 1 year’s exercise experience
- Personal trainers and fitness instructors must hold a Cert IV with a minimum of 2 years exercise experience with older adult competency
- Allied health assistants, nurses, occupational therapists and other health professionals who are interested in the Lungs in Action are encouraged to contact the Program Manager –to discuss further and determine eligibility.
- All applicants must hold their own professional indemnity insurance.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
RPL may be available for physiotherapists and exercise physiologists who display experience in working within Pulmonary and Heart Failure Rehabilitation programs. Successful RPL covers the practical component only.
Continuing Professional Development
The Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) Professional Development Committee certieis that this Professional Development offering meets the criteria for 10 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Points.
Fitness Australia have approved the educational content delivered throughout this course.