October 24, 2016

The Bronchiectasis Toolbox: an invaluable resource for patients with bronchiectasis

The Bronchiectasis Toolbox is a multidisciplinary resource for health professionals on the management of people with bronchiectasis. It has been developed by a team of clinicians from the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, who all have extensive experience in this area. The easily navigated website includes sections on diagnosis, assessment, medical and physiotherapy management, medicines, radiology, lung function, paediatrics, cultural awareness, nutrition and co-morbidities.

The resources section including patient handouts, information on where to purchase equipment and videos of airway clearance techniques is also proving to be invaluable for patients who can review the management strategies that have been prescribed for them. The Indigenous section provides information on cultural awareness and relevant resources for both the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Maori communities. Importantly, the website will be regularly updated with the latest evidence-based information. The toolbox can be accessed at www.bronchiectasis.com.au and is endorsed and supported by Lung Foundation Australia and the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand.