Asthma and COPD Fundamentals Course

The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ provides the most current Asthma & COPD Fundamentals course available in New Zealand, designed for all registered health professionals including nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists and GPs.

Updated in February 2021 to align with the new NZ Asthma and COPD best practice guidelines, the course incorporates the 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.

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About the course

The e-learning course consists of four online modules, in which a ‘flipped classroom’ provides a contemporary approach to CPD. This enables health professionals an enjoyable and easily accessible continuing professional development experience.

The Asthma & COPD Fundamentals e-learning course has been endorsed by the College of Nurses Aotearoa (NZ) Inc. for 12 continuing professional development (CPD) hours.

The four online modules include:

1) Asthma Fundamentals (Current statistics for NZ, anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system, functions and control of respiration, features of asthma such as early and late phases, triggers, occupational and exercise induced asthma, diagnosis and tests).

2) Asthma Management (Goals of treatment, medications, 2020 updated NZ Adolescent and Adult Asthma Guidelines and Child Asthma Guidelines, treatable traits, asthma action plans).

3) COPD Management (COPD statistics in NZ, morbidity and mortality, causes and onset of COPD, signs and symptoms, pathophysiology, diagnosis, goals of management, self-management and 2021 NZ COPD Guidelines)

4) Health Promoting Practice (Social determinants of health, health-promoting practice, cultural responsiveness and health literacy)

Course feedback

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 new 2021 e-learning course is now available. Visit to enrol.

To receive course updates, enter your email address below and tick the 'health professionals' box. For more information please contact our Head of Education and Research:

Joanna Turner - email or phone (04) 499 4592

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