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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/patients-carers/lung-health/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/health-professionals-2/ for more information.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Useful Patient Resources:

Maintaining movement video series: An online tool to support your rehabilitation patients to keep active at home. Available via the following page:https://lungfoundation.com.au/physical-health/ .

Free Upcoming Consumer Webinar: Staying Fit at Home – Click here for more information.

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.