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Established in 2008, the Integrated Respiratory Service has been fundamental in helping more people get support for their breathing conditions.

Diagnostic tests like spirometry and sleep studies are now able to be done in the community, closer to people in their homes, not just in the hospital. 

Better Breathing Pulmonary Rehabilitation is the only evidence-based intervention available for people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) and the community respiratory team deliver nine programmes a year throughout the region.

Community support and exercise groups are there to maintain exercise goals, and to remain connected with other people with similar conditions.

The Better Breathing Consumer Group represent the Better Breathing programmes and support groups and contribute to the development of new services and patient materials.

Specialist respiratory nurses and physicians are available to support general practice teams and community providers to look after their respiratory patients.

The Integrated Respiratory Service is overseen by the Integrated Respiratory Service Development Group (IRSDG), which includes representatives from consumers, Māori, Pasifika, general practice, community pharmacy, hospital and district nursing.

Latest News
29Nov

Key Messages - Oct 2018

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  • #WellConnectedNZ project set to begin implementation phase.
  • Referrals to the Sleep Service continue to rise. Steps are being taken to improve ERMS referral quality. Also considering single-point-of-entry for sleep studies.
  • New Better Breathing Consumer Working Group chair, Mac Renata, joins the Better Breathing Pulmonary Rehabilitation Working Group and the IRSDG. Appreciation was expressed for Pauline Mohi’s signification contribution.
  • New Community Respiratory Physician has been appointed for Better Breathing programme – Michael Maze joins the team.
  • CDHB Long Term Investment Plan was presented. Anticipated increase in population needs to be factored into working groups’ planning.

 

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Useful resources

Pulmonary Rehabilitation flyer

Information about Canterbury Community Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

Funded Inhalers

Poster showing the funded inhalers in New Zealand 2019.

Exercise groups flyer

Flyer with details of the community respiratory support and exercise groups.

Learning to breathe better

Breathing Breathing Programme - a patient perspective.