Respiratory disease continues to make a substantial contribution to New Zealand’s health burden.

Over 521,000 people take medication for asthma, and over 35,000 New Zealanders are estimated to be living with severe COPD.

Due to the staggering statistics in New Zealand, the Foundation urges all registered health professionals to undertake training in Asthma and COPD.

The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation provides the most current Asthma & COPD Fundamentals course available in New Zealand.

The course aligns latest research with specific information for the New Zealand context, such as recently funded medications, treating Māori and Pacific peoples and best practice health literacy.

The course consists of two parts - an online e-Learning series and a classroom based MasterClass.

Course content is interactive and engaging, and the online modules can be accessed on any device, allowing participants to complete them at their own pace.

Feedback from course pilot participants has been positive:

I think an excellent job has been done here as everything is clearly explained in a range of ways that make it interesting to complete, well done!”

The Asthma & COPD Fundamentals course awards a total of 19 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours.

The e-Learning series is now available. Visit to enrol. The first MasterClass will be available in June 2017.

For more information please contact our GM - Education and Research:
Teresa Demetriou
Phone: 04 499 4592

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