World COPD Day

This World COPD day (November 18), Lung Foundation Australia is encouraging people living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) to reach out and connect with support services and resources that can help you understand your condition and improve your wellbeing.

Live your best life with COPD

Being faced with a chronic (long-term) lung condition such as COPD can be devastating and it’s normal to experience feelings of frustration and isolation. It’s important to remember that you are not alone and there are things you can do to help manage your condition. If you or your loved one is living with COPD, we are here for you – Lung Foundation Australia has a range of trusted tools, resources and support available to help you manage your condition and live your best life.

This World COPD Day, 18 November 2020, download our free Live Your Best Life with COPD Resource Pack.

Download the resource pack

The Live Your Best Life with COPD Pack includes:

1: Self-management for COPD – effective self-management is important to help slow the progression of symptoms if you are living COPD. The pack includes free downloadable copies of the COPD Action Plancomprehensive Better Living with COPD: A Patients Guide and COPD the Basics bookletIn this pack you can also gain access to our expert led Live Well, Breathe Better webinar series. 

To learn more about the importance of having an up-to-date COPD Action Plan from our Respiratory Care Nurse, watch this video.   

2: Managing emotional and mental wellbeing – people living with COPD are at a heightened risk of experiencing feeling of anxiousness due to the physical impact of the condition. The pack includes a self-care template and expert techniques to help manage feelings of anxiety and stress.   

3: Physical health – studies have shown that people living with chronic lung conditions use 25-50% more energy than people with regular lung function, mainly due to the increased work of breathing. Maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise program is vital to managing energy levels and reducing symptoms such as breathlessnessThe pack includes handy resources and tips assist with engaging in exercise and eating well 

4: Peer support – connecting with someone who has the same condition – someone who understand what you’re going through – can make all the difference. The pack includes information about the benefits of peer support and the range of peer support programs and services available to support your needs. 

Enter your details to download the pack below. 

“If you’re newly diagnosed or living with a lung condition, contact Lung Foundation Australia and arm yourself with information and supporting services. Figure out what changes you might need to make to optimise your lung health and try new things until you find what works for you. Most importantly, don’t give up or give in. You will have bad days and setbacks – but tomorrow always offers hope.”

- Jo, living with COPD. 

Respiratory Care Nurse Service

This free telephone service is available for people living with COPD to connect you with expert information and support to live well with COPD. Our skilled nurse can provide guidance on all aspects of your condition according to the management guidelines.

Appointments for our Respiratory Care Nurse telephone service are filling up quickly, to secure your appointment before Christmas or early in the new year complete the form below or call 1800 654 301 (option 3).