For Patients

Lung Foundation Australia has developed a suite of evidence-based resources to help patients Have the CHAT with their doctor about Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) exacerbations so that they can recognise and manage any worsening symptoms and avoid hospitalisation.

COPD Action Plan and Steps for writing plan May 2015

COPD Action Plan

The COPD Action plan helps the patient recognise when their symptoms worsen and what action they need to take to manage them. Take a copy of the Plan along to your next appointment for completion in consultation with your doctor.


COPD The Basics

This booklet provides information for people who have recently been diagnosed with COPD. It provides information about COPD and what to expect living with this condition.


Tips to talk to Doctor

Talking with your doctor about COPD

The information provided in this fact sheet is a useful guide for tips in talking to your healthcare provider about COPD.



C.O.P.E. – COPD Online Patient Education Program

COPD Online Patient Education (C.O.P.E.) enables patients who do not have access to a pulmonary rehabilitation program to complete the educational component from home. Pulmonary rehabilitation is an exercise and education program provided by specially trained health professionals that teaches people with lung disease the skills they need to manage their breathlessness and to stay well and out of hospital. C.O.P.E. is available for free online.

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COPD Symptoms diary

You can use this diary to track your symptoms on a daily basis. Take this table when you go to visit your doctor which will help to manage your COPD.


My COPD Checklist

This checklist is designed to get you thinking about your COPD and how best to manage it.


DL Brochure

Use this DL brochure to facilitate the conversation with your GP about COPD exacerbations.


For Information and Support
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