Pulmonary Rehabilitation Network
Since 2012 the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Network has been running with the main purpose of providing a forum for sharing ideas; provide peer support to new and developing programs, and to promote increased access to pulmonary rehabilitation across Australia.
The Lung Foundation envisaged that in consultation with this group potential projects would include: the development of national pulmonary rehabilitation guidelines, advocacy for MBS rebate for Pulmonary Rehabilitation and maintenance, and the development of a national training program for pulmonary rehabilitation. Since the commencement of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Network numerous actions and steps forward have already been taken to ensure the successful completion of the projects set out by the Lung Foundation.
The disciplines currently involved include but are not limited to physiotherapists, clinical nurses, respiratory specialist physicians , social workers, psychologists, OT’s and accredited exercise physiologists.
Within this network there are also 24 state representatives who volunteer their time to actively participate in teleconferences as needs arise and participate in working groups as required. There is an annual face-to-face meeting at the TSANZ annual conference open to all members interested. This annual meeting is also available via teleconference for all members. Minutes of any State Representative meetings are disseminated to all Pulmonary Rehabilitation Network Members for information and/or feedback and input.
The Lung Foundation continues to seek interest from health professionals Australia wide to join the network if you:
- Work with COPD patients in a clinical environment and/or
- Have involvement in COPD research
- Are recognised as a member of a pulmonary rehabilitation team
If you are interested in being a part of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Network, or would like more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.