Mudgee and Gulgong residents are encouraged to get a Lung Health Check on Wednesday 18 November as part of World COPD Day.
Free lung health checks will be available at Mudgee Family Friendly Pharmacy between 9 - 11am and Blooms Chemist between 12 -2pm.
To mark World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Day on 18 November, Lung Foundation Australia encourages all Australians over the age of 35 to take breathlessness seriously and ask their doctor for a lung health test.
“Contrary to what people think, breathlessness is not a normal part of ageing. Feeling out of breath is a symptom - a symptom not to be ignored,” said Jenny Ramien, Mudgee Community Health Chronic Care Coordinator.
“When we exercise it is normal to huff and puff and experience breathlessness. That feeling of being out of breath is temporary and, with rest, our breathing returns to normal. If you are feeling breathless when doing simple activities like walking up a flight of stairs, it’s time to see your health professional because you could have COPD,” Jenny said.
COPD is a progressive long term disease of the lungs which causes shortness of breath..
Jenny said many people in Mudgee Gulgong are unaware that they may have COPD.
“We encourage people who are 35 years or older, who are breathless or have a cough that won’t go away and have a history of smoking or occupational exposure to dust, gas or fumes to get a lung health check,”she said.
Lung Foundation Australia estimates that approximately 1.45 million Australians have some form of COPD.2,3 This represents approximately one in seven Australians aged 40 and over.2
Of those with COPD currently, Lung Foundation Australia estimates that over 750,000 Australians2,3 have COPD that has progressed to a stage at which symptoms, such as breathlessness may already be present and affecting their daily lives. Half of these people do not have a doctor’s diagnosis of COPD and are therefore not taking the important steps to slow down the progression of the disease.4
In Australia, COPD is the fifth leading cause of death5.
Lung Foundation Australia CEO, Heather Allan said, “It’s never too late to do something about your lung health. Treatment and self-management strategies are available to help people at all stages to reduce the burden of COPD.”
“We want to start the important conversations about lung health which is why we’re working with health professionals across Australia this World COPD Day.
“GPs, nurses, pharmacists and allied health professionalsplay an integral role in patient care so it is fantastic to see them supporting this health awareness initiative,” Mrs Allan said.
Lung Foundation Australia encourages everyone to take a couple of minutes to do a simple online lung health checklist at www.lunghealthchecklist.com.au and to join a local World COPD Day event to help raise awareness of COPD.
To find out more about COPD email email@example.com phone free call 1800 654 301. Locally you can contact Jenny Ramien, Mudgee Community Health Centre 6378 6236.