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Type: On-demand
Recorded: 18 Nov 2021


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Management of breathlessness in COPD

On-demand recorded 18 Nov 2021

Join this webinar to hear Mary Roberts, Clinical Nurse Consultant at Westmead Hospital, share her simple and practical advice for managing her patients with COPD who have chronic breathlessness.

Breathlessness is not simply abnormal functioning of the heart and lungs; it is a multisystem disorder that requires varied treatment approaches and can have a significant impact on a patient’s quality of life. To achieve the best possible outcomes in patients with COPD, it is important to address their breathing, thinking, and functioning, all of which relate to their symptoms.

In this webinar, Mary will share the tools she uses in her patient consults, her “3 Ps” and “3 Fs” for managing breathlessness, and other techniques that your breathless patients can use at home.

Learning outcomes

  1. Understand the multifactorial nature of breathlessness in COPD
  2. Understand the pharmacological and non-pharmacological principles of managing breathlessness
  3. Apply simple and practical strategies for assisting patients in managing their breathlessness in COPD
  4. Correctly demonstrate daily use of common inhalers
This event attracts 2 CPD points

This event attracts 2 CPD points


Dr Kerry Hancock
GP and Chair of RACGP Specific Interests Network, Respiratory Medicine


Mary Roberts
Clinical Nurse Consultant, Westmead Hospital

Mary has over 30 years’ experience working in a range of settings including high dependency respiratory inpatient units, respiratory outpatient clinics, respiratory outreach services, pulmonary rehabilitation and also runs a 24-hour respiratory hotline providing care and advice to patients with respiratory disease. Mary has numerous qualifications including a Diploma of Applied Science (Nursing), Bachelor of Health Science (Conversion), Master of Nursing (Specialisation - Medical) and is soon to complete her Master of Palliative Care. Mary has a special interest in COPD, IPF and breathlessness and has presented both nationally and internationally in addition to a range of publications. Mary is also an active member of organisations such as the Lung Foundation Australia and Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand and is the current President of the Respiratory Nurses Interest Group (NSW).



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