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Information and Patient Support

Who is the Program For?

In general, pulmonary rehabilitation programs are suitable for people who have chronic lung disease and who have symptoms of dyspnoea and/or fatigue. Partners or caregivers can be encouraged to come and provide support.

Specific eligibility criteria are outlined in the table below:

Eligibility Criteria


Include patients who:

  • Have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or other respiratory conditions.

  • Are recovering from an acute exacerbation.

  • Are willing to participate (even if they are current smokers).

Exclude patients who:

  • Have severe cognitive impairment.

  • Have severe psychotic disturbance.

  • Have a relevant infectious disease.

Exclude patients from the exercise component if they have:

  • Musculoskeletal or neurological disorders that prevent exercise.

  • Unstable cardiovascular disease (e.g. unstable angina, aortic valve disease, unstable pulmonary hypertension).

Suggestions for transport include:
Transport can be a barrier for attending pulmonary rehabilitation programs.

  • Community transport.
  • Department of Veteran Affairs transport.
  • Local council options.
  • Hospital cars.
  • Voluntary drivers.
  • Car pooling.
  • Taxi subsidy support scheme.
  • Red Cross.
  • Use of project funding for transport.
  • Disability permits.

For those patients who are able to drive to the program, advice on car parking facilities should be provided.