World COPD Day: free breathing tests at Whitfords City
Almost 1.5 million Australians have the lung disease called COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).
For the people who live with it, it feels like breathing through a straw and makes everyday activities like hanging out the washing and walking to the shops difficult because of breathlessness.
To raise awareness of World COPD Day, Black Swan Health will be at Whitfords City Shopping Centre on Friday 18th of November offering free breathing tests to shoppers. The community health service provider’s Respiratory Nurses will be available between 10am and 2pm to talk about the importance of early detection to people that want to know more about the disease. COPD is an umbrella term that includes lung diseases such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis and chronic asthma. Black Swan Health’s Respiratory Nurse Specialist and Respiratory Services Coordinator, Louise Papps, said that, while COPD currently has no cure, there are a number of things that people can do to improve their quality of life. She also mentioned that early detection is key to managing the disease.
“Breathlessness is not a normal part of ageing, and should not be ignored. It is a symptom of COPD. Early diagnosis and effective management of COPD can reduce the impact of this condition both now and in the future.”
Black Swan Health’s Executive Director, Terina Grace, said that “COPD affects one in seven Australians aged 40 or over and we urge people to discuss any symptoms with their doctor”.
“Our free respiratory services are a fantastic resource for local residents who may need support and guidance when it comes to managing their condition,” she added.
Black Swan Health Respiratory Clinics are held in Osborne Park, Joondalup and Midland and are free-of-charge. If you would like to know more about their programs, call 9201 0044 or go to http://www.blackswanhealth.com.au/respiratory-linkage/