When you can't breathe ...... nothing else matters

Breathing difficulties affect millions of Australians. The main symptoms are cough, chest tightness, breathlessness and wheeze.

 

Asthma is caused by inflammation of the airways. It cannot be cured, but can be well controlled with medicines. With the right treatment, a person with asthma should be able to live a normal and active life, free of symptoms.

 

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the general term for a group of long-lasting lung conditions that cause obstruction of the airways, often as a result of smoking. It is the fourth most common cause of death in Australia.

 

Our general practitioners use an annual cycle of care to help you manage your condition, and to reduce your risk of complications. It helps identify any health concerns, allowing you to discuss the best treatment with your doctor and diabetes health professionals.

 

A cycle of care includes the following:

 
  • Assess     severity of condition

    

  • Perform     breathing tests

    

  • Check     use of inhalers and devices

    

  • Provide     a written action plan

    

  • Discuss     exercise and self management options

    

  • Review     progress