17 May 2018
Lung Health Awareness Month – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Wendy Hughes
Lung Health Awareness Month is observed during the month of May every year. The Lung foundation of Australia states that “Every day we breathe about 22,000 times. Most of us never stop to think about our breathing, it’s just something we do.” This is such a powerful statement: “just something we do.” When we have lung disease we are aware of every breath, and trying to breathe 22,000 times is an effort. Lung disease affects many Australians but its symptoms tend to happen slowly, causing people to adjust daily activities to accommodate their shortness of breath. At Interchange Australia, clients diagnosed with a lung disease usually have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), also referred to as COAD (Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease), COLD (Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease) or CAL (Chronic Airways Limitation). COPD affects 14% of Australians aged 40 or over, and this increases to 29% in Australians aged over 75.
COPD is the second leading cause of avoidable hospital admissions. While there is currently no cure for COPD, there are things people can do to lessen hospital admission and have a better quality of life. Early diagnosis is paramount and within the health care system there are services available such as occupational therapy, exercise groups and home care services. Interchange Australia is able to provide an extensive range of services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), My Aged Care and on a private basis. Our consultants are able to work with you to develop the best support for your needs and help manage your lung health.
For more information about our services, please call one of our friendly and experienced consultants on 1300 112 334. For more information about Lung Health Awareness Month, please visit the Lung Foundation Australia website: lungfoundation.com.au