If you or a family member has COPD, there are a number of people and organisations who would like to help and support you, In addition to your GP, practice nurse or specialist, here are some links to other information sources and organisations that may help you learn more about COPD and how to manage it.
Free e-Book – Don’t Forget to Breathe
If you or someone you know is looking for information on COPD, take a look at this e-book Don’t Forget To Breathe. Although information can be found on the web about COPD, it is dispersed and not always easy to find or understand. This book brings relevant information together in one place and in a language COPDers and their whanau can understand. It is written for the New Zealand context but much of it will be relevant to COPDers worldwide.You can download the book for free or purchase it on Kindle.
These are an important support mechanism for people with COPD and their carers. Click for a list of our regional partners and contact your local branch for information on their COPD support services.
This is a six-week exercise and education programme that has been shown to lead to sustained improvements in quality of life for people with COPD. Ask your GP if a referral to a programme is appropriate for you, or contact the respiratory department at your local District Health Board (DHB) for more information (a list of DHB contact details is contained in the Useful Government Links’ section below.) We have recently summarised international evidence to support the benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation programmes into a report format. Click here to read it.
A physiotherapist can teach techniques to control breathing patterns to avoid breathlessness and to clear phlegm from the chest. They can also help improve fitness and endurance, and boost immunity levels. Visit physiotherapy.org.nz to find a local physiotherapist.
A health social worker links people with COPD to all the organisations that can help you within your community. Call your local district health board (DHB) and ask to speak with the occupational therapy department (a list of DHB contact details is contained in the Useful Government Links’ section below.)
A dietitian can provide education about the best foods to eat for people with a respiratory illness, based upon their medical condition and individual needs. Visit the New Zealand Dietetic Association (NZDA)’s website dietitians.org.nz to locate a dietitian in your area.
An occupational therapist can teach people easy ways to do basic daily tasks that become more difficult for people who are unwell. Call your local district health board (DHB) and ask to speak with the occupational therapy department (a list of DHB contact details can be found here).
If you want assistance to stop smoking the Quitline website at quit.org.nz. For information on the second hand smoke campaign and more information on making your home and car smokefree visit smokefreehomes.co.nz.
More information on healthy home can be found here.
BRANZ (Building Research Association of New Zealand) has a variety of information bulletins which can be downloaded each at small cost from their website, under ‘publications’, then ‘bulletins’ branz.org.nz.
EECA (Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority) has a range of energy conservation information at energywise.govt.nz.
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This is a brochure containing a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) Action Plan for doctors to complete together with their patients.
An information booklet to inform and help people understand the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and management of COPD.