Are you breathless? Have you ever smoked?

You could be one of up to 90,000 Aucklanders living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or Bronchiectasis.

COPD is an umbrella term for a group of lung diseases usually brought on by smoking, which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. The main symptom is breathlessness but the effects on your heart, muscles, bones and mood are also significant.

“LFR has partnered with Auckland District Health Board (ADHB) to establish a new community delivered service for ADHB clients who have been diagnosed with COPD and Bronchiectasis . This service is the first of its kind for both organisations and is aimed at providing people who suffer from COPD and Bronchiectasis with access to exercise programmes combined with support and education to help minimize the impact of these conditions on their lives.

The first programmes are now up and running at the Tamaki Community Recreation Centre and the Mt Albert Community Recreation Centre. The programmes are run by members of our expert team of physiotherapists over 16 sessions. Participants take part in a structured exercise programme with supporting education sessions. The aims of the COPD service are to improve quality of life for COPD sufferers and to increase their ability to manage with this condition whilst reducing hospital admissions and ensuring easy access to the service.

How will this rehabilitation help me?

  • You’ll feel better and breathe easier
  • Everyday activities will become easier through improved fitness
  • You’ll make new friends and learn from others who know what it’s like to live with COPD
  • You’ll learn to manage your condition better

Please ask your health professionals including your GP to refer you for this program.