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Information and Patient Support

To support health services during a time in which normal face-to-face group-based pulmonary rehabilitation sessions are not possible, we have collated a number of resources and important links below to support you and your patients on a new journey of providing an adapted version of rehabilitation.

Clinical Resources:

Visit https://lungfoundation.com.au/lung-health/protecting-your-lungs/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/health-professionals/ for more information.

Lung Function Testing Guidelines A joint working group from TSANZ/ANZSRS have produced preliminary clinical guidelines on the safe performance of lung function testing to be used in areas where there is no specific State or Territory Government directives. You can view the document here: https://www.thoracic.org.au/documents/item/2364

HomeBase Pulmonary Rehabilitation: A resource for the development of home-based pulmonary rehabilitation programs.  https://homebaserehab.net/. Please be aware that HomeBase has a face-to-face assessment prior to commencing. As this is not possible currently, patients will need to be assessed  via phone or videoconferencing and many of the usual assessments may not be possible.

Home-based and remote exercise testing in chronic respiratory disease, during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond: a rapid review: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1479973120952418

Lung Support Service (Texting for Wellness):  free text message support service for people living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Click here for more information.

ATS Report: Pulmonary Rehabilitation Resources in a Complex and Rapidly Changing World: Click Here

NSW Health Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) Respiratory Network: ‘Delivering pulmonary rehabilitation via telehealth during COVID-19‘. Click here.

NSW Health Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) Respiratory Network: Checklist for the re-opening of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation services in NSW Click here.

NSW Health Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) Respiratory Network: Respiratory physiotherapy COVID-19 advice document. Click here

New: NSLHD – CDCRS Covid-19 Recovery Diary & Rehabilitation Program: available upon request via email to emma@lungfoundation.com.au.

NEW! NSW Health Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) Respiratory Network: Rehabilitation following COVID-19 in the pulmonary rehabilitation setting. Click here.

British Thoracic Society – COVID-19; Information for the Respiratory Community Page: https://www.brit-thoracic.org.uk/covid-19/covid-19-information-for-the-respiratory-community/.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Network Meetings:

PR Network Meeting March 2022: Pulmonary Rehabilitation: Moving to an Endemic World. Click here for meeting minutes which includes a recoding of the session and links to speaker presentations.

PR Network Meeting August 2021 Minutes: Long COVID and the evolving sphere of Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Click here for minutes and meeting recording included.

PR Network Meeting October 2020 Minutes: Reflection and progress through a pandemic. Click here for minutes and recording included.

June 2020 PR Network Meeting ‘The evolving landscape of Pulmonary Rehabilitation in response to COVID-19’: Click here for video recording. Access minutes and accompanying materials here.

May 2020 PR Network Meeting ‘Adapting to new models of PR during COVID-19’: Click here for video recording. Access minutes and accompanying materials here.

2020 Annual PR Network meeting (March 2020): minutes and accompanying materials click here.

Lungs in Action:

For further information on Lungs in Action visit the LFA website here.

LIA Recommencement Position Statement Version 4. Click here.

LIA by Telehealth Position Statement. Click here.

Lungs in Action referral package. Click here.

Lungs In Action Letter of Agreement. Click here.

Lungs in Action Eligibility Criteria, Click here.

Useful Patient Resources:

Maintaining movement video series: An online tool to support your rehabilitation patients to keep active at home. Available via the following link here.

Better Living with Exercise: Booklet for patients to use in conjunction with their health professional to devise and maintain a home exercise plan. Click here to access PDF. Hard printed copies can also be purchased via the Lung Foundation website here (Bulk discounts are available).

C.O.P.E – COPD Online Patient Education: Free online tool for patients to access the full education component of Pulmonary Rehabilitation in their own home. Click here to access.