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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

Celebrating World COPD Day

The regular Better Breathing Programme exercise and coffee morning took on a celebratory air, with previous speakers invited to join the festivities to mark World COPD Day (15 November 2017).
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Social connectedness - the way forward for health and wellbeing

Social connectedness is “totally paramount” to improve the health and wellbeing of our Maori whanau - that's the take away message from the first ever marae-based pulmonary rehab course.
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Community Respiratory Nursing Newsletter - Winter 2017

The latest edition of the community respiratory nursing service newsletter, the team showcases proactive nursing by the Casebrook Surgery.
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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.