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Act Earlier – The impact of early lung health, diagnosis and interventions for patients at risk of COPD Members login for free access About RACGP online events


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Recorded: 15 Nov 2023


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Act Earlier – The impact of early lung health, diagnosis and interventions for patients at risk of COPD

On-demand recorded 15 Nov 2023

The 2023 theme for World COPD Day (15 November) was “Breathing is Life - Act Earlier". This year's theme aimed to highlight the importance of early lung health, early diagnosis and early interventions. Keeping lungs healthy is an integral part of future health and it is now more important than ever to act sooner.  We now know that there are many other factors besides tobacco smoking that can contribute to COPD and that it can start early in life and effect young individuals. In addition, GOLD have now identified precursor conditions that can provide new opportunities for early diagnosis and prompt treatment. 

Learning outcomes

  1. Apply the additional criteria to improve COPD case finding, including the identification and diagnosis of patients at increased risk of developing COPD
  2. Describe the new classifications of COPD etiotypes to support early lung health and diagnosis
  3. Implement evidence-based COPD assessment tools and treatment algorithms in clinical practice


Dr Kerry Hancock
Chair RACGP Specific Interests Respiratory Medicine

Dr Kerry Hancock is a GP with over 38 years experience in clinical practice with most of that time as a principal of a self-established practice in Adelaide. Dr Hancock’s active participation with respiratory organisations, government health services, research activities, and the RACGP has enabled her to be involved in the development of national primary care-focused respiratory management guidelines, educational activities, and the development and promulgation of tools to assist GPs, practice nurses and pharmacists in the management of their patients with respiratory and related disorders. She is Chair RACGP Specific Interests Respiratory Medicine, Chair Lung Foundation Australia (LFA) Primary Care Clinical Council, member LFA Clinical and Research Council and COPD Clinical Advisory Committee, Honorary Fellow Allergy and Lung Health Unit Melbourne School of Population and Global Health The University of Melbourne, previous Principal Medical Officer and Board member / Director Asthma Foundation SA and previous Chair GP Asthma Group National Asthma Council.


Dr Scott Claxton
Respiratory and Sleep Medicine Physician

Scott Claxton is a Consultant Respiratory physician at Joondalup Health Campus, WA doing a combination of clinic and hospital-based work. He divides his work between sleep disorders and general lung diseases including COPD, asthma, pneumonia, smoking related lung disease and cancer.

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