What is COPD?
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a progressive disease that constricts airways and dramatically hinders a person’s ability to breathe. It affects around 13% of Australians aged 40 or over. It causes mucus or blood-filled coughing, chest tightness and severe shortness of breath. The disease is comprised of Chronic Bronchitis, Asthma and Emphysema, with the seriousness of it being judged by four levels, each level increasing in severity. To this day, there is no known cure for the disease.
The COPD National Program is a health initiative of The Australian Lung Foundation that has aims in reducing the overall impact of COPD in Australia. The program is guided by a group of experts, which is comprised of people like doctors, physicians, nurses and GP’s. The Program was created as a way to assist individuals through the harrowing experience of developing COPD and providing them with an extensive network of people who are dedicated in their pursuit of helping the individuals breathe freely again.
The Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion was developed at the first international conference for health promotion, held in Ottawa, Canada in 1986. The Charter is a global health movement that outlines the five action areas of promotion of health. The charter is significant because it gives direction to health promotion through action plans, clear definitions and positive involvement.
The most valuable program created by the initiative is the Lungs In Action program. The Lungs In Action program is a community based low cost exercise program designed for individuals who have completed a pulmonary rehabilitation theory program. The Lungs in Action theory component is an online interactive course comprising of over 240 slides, 16 modules and information detailing the respiratory system. Since its creation, it had extended out to people with different respiratory disorders such as Class II and III heart failure. The practical component of the...
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