Have the CHAT is a winter campaign that aims to keep people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) well and out of hospital.

CHAT is an easy to remember acronym that helps patients and their carers to recognise the symptoms of an exacerbation (flare-up of symptoms), including:

  • Coughing more than usual

  • Harder to breathe than usual

  • Any change in sputum (phlegm) colour and/or volume

  • Tired more than usual (less active)

There are two key components of the campaign


Patient Support

We encourage conversations between people living with COPD and their GPs, and are working to increase awareness of exacerbations and what to do if they arise.


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Health Professionals

We provide a suite of evidence-based resources to enable timely identification and management of COPD exacerbations.


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Fast facts

  • COPD is the second leading cause of preventable hospitalisation in Australia.(1)

  • Each exacerbation does long-term damage. In people hospitalised due to COPD, the risk of death may be greater than a heart attack.(2)

  • A delay of 24 hours or more in seeking treatment for an exacerbation doubles the chance of hospital admission.(3)

  1. National Health Performance Authority 2015, Healthy Communities: Potentially preventable hospitalisations in 2013–14.
  2. Halpin D. Mortality in COPD: Inevitable or Preventable? Insights from the Cardiovascular Arena. COPD: Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease 2008. 5:3, 187–200.
  3. Chandra D, Tsai CL, Camargo CA, Jr. Acute exacerbations of COPD: delay in presentation and the risk of hospitalization. COPD 2009; 6:95-103