Lungs in Action

What is Lungs in Action?

Lungs in Action is a safe and enjoyable community-based exercise program for people living with a chronic lung disease to maintain the benefits achieved through pulmonary rehabilitation. It is also suitable for people with heart failure who often experience similar symptoms such as breathlessness, to those with chronic lung conditions.

A regular community-based exercise maintenance class combined with a home exercise program is an effective intervention for maintaining improvements following pulmonary rehabilitation.1,2

Lungs in Action classes are run by exercise professionals who have completed our best-practice training. The classes provides an essential structure and exercise routine for people living with a chronic lung disease which is an important aspect of self-management to ensure they keep well, socially connected with people in a similar situation to them and stay out of hospital.

What are the benefits for patients?

Research shows that for people living with a chronic lung disease, continuing regular exercise after pulmonary rehabilitation helps maintain their fitness and wellbeing. It’s important they continue regular exercise as the benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation can decline over 6 -12 months if it is not maintained.

Some of the other benefits of attending Lungs in Action include:

  • Improve symptoms of breathlessness making daily activities easier
  • Meet and socialise with people in a similar situation to them and who understand what it’s like to live with a chronic condition
  • Exercises are tailored to their specific needs by a specially trained instructor.

What are the benefits of becoming a Lungs in Action Instructor?

As exercise professionals are now faced with an overwhelming amount of clients who are diagnosed, or show symptoms of chronic lung conditions, it is important to be upskilled in this area to ensure safety and optimal outcomes for these clients.

Our best-practice Lungs in Action is a unique training opportunity for exercise professionals interested in increasing their knowledge or professional development by learning the skills to provide safe exercise maintenance classes for those living with a chronic lung condition.

Some benefits of becoming a Lungs in Action instructor includes:

  • Increasing knowledge about chronic lung disease and heart failure and the impact it has on exercise
  • Learning the practical skills to manage a breathless client including modifying exercise programs to suit individual needs of class participants.
  • Ability to implement appropriate safety precautions and risk management protocols for exercising a person with chronic lung conditions and/or heart failure
  • Working as an extension of a team of health professionals to provide exercise support for people living with chronic lung disease
  • Developing and building professional networks and relationships.

Become a mentor

The practical component of the Lungs in Action Full Instructor Training includes mentoring support from the local pulmonary and heart failure rehabilitation programs to ensure trainees are provided the guidance and skillset required to deliver safe and effective programs in the community.

Exercise professionals, such as exercise physiologists or physiotherapists are encouraged to become mentors to further develop their professional development and provide support to…

What is required?

Mentoring is designed to fit into your existing schedule as best as possible, and in most scenarios it is component is commonly depicted as a quick and straightforward process.

Time Commitment and Expectations

To successfully mentor a trainee, you must be willing to:

  • Allow the trainee to observe a minimum of 2 pulmonary rehabilitation classes in your facility
  • Allow the trainee to observe a minimum of 2 heart failure rehabilitation classes in your facility, or
    • a minimum of 3 combined classes if you are covering both mentor roles in your facility
  • Allocate approximately 20-30 minutes to grade and discuss the Core Competency Checklists
  • Allocate approximately 30-40 minutes to grade and discuss the Written Assignment and Practical Assessment Readiness Checklist
  • Allocate approximately 2 hours to attend, observe, and grade the trainee’s delivery of their first Lungs in Action class in the trainees chosen location.

All mentors are supported by the Lungs in Action program manager and will be provided with information and resources to support their mentoring.


  • Must be a physiotherapist or accredited exercise physiologists with at least 12 months experience in delivering pulmonary and/or heart failure rehabilitation. If you do not have both, two mentors – one pulmonary and one heart failure are required to oversee a trainee
  • Provide one page outlining your clinical experience which must include a minimum of 12 months of delivering the particular service you intend to mentor for.

Become a mentor, contact us.

Patient eligibility and referral

To enrol in Lungs in Action, patients must be referred by their health professional so they can be assessed to determine whether they meet eligibility criteria for safety. For more information read the eligibility pathways and criteria for rehabilitation programs and General Practitioners.

Lungs in Action referral form
If you are interested in obtaining the Lungs in Action referral form in a Rich Text Format for use in either Medical Director or Best Practice Systems please contact Lung Foundation Australia at 1800 654 301 or email below.
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1. LACASSE, Y., GOLDSTEIN, R., LASSERSON, T. J. & MARTIN, S. (2006) Pulmonary rehabilitation for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Cochrane Database Syst Rev, CD003793.

2. RIES, A. L., BAULDOFF, G. S., CARLIN, B. W., CASABURI, R., EMERY, C. F., MAHLER, D. A., MAKE, B., ROCHESTER, C. L., ZUWALLACK, R. & HERRERIAS, C. (2007) Pulmonary Rehabilitation: Joint ACCP/AACVPR Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines. Chest, 131, 4S-42S.