World COPD Day, 21 Nov 2018
Shortness of breath shouldn’t stop anyone from living their dreams. Host a local World COPD Day event to raise awareness of COPD symptoms, and what can be done to live well.Register an event
If you’re living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)…
Feeling short of breath is a common symptom that can make everyday tasks a challenge – but there are things you can do to help. Don’t let breathlessness stop you from living your dreams.
Start taking the important steps toward a better quality of life this World COPD Day.
If you’re a health professional…
1 in 7 people over 40 have COPD, however many don’t know they have it. People often mistake their symptoms as signs of ageing or lack of fitness. Early diagnosis is critical to improve outcomes and quality of life.
Host a lung function screening or information stand this World COPD Day to help raise awareness of lung health and identify people at risk of COPD.Register an event
What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a progressive lung condition that results in obstruction of airflow in the breathing tubes or airways of the lungs. It causes narrowing of the bronchial tubes in the lungs (sometimes called bronchi or airways), making it difficult to breathe. COPD is an umbrella term for a group of lung conditions including emphysema, chronic bronchitis and chronic asthma.Read more
Don’t ignore the signs
Symptoms of lung disease, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), tend to creep up slowly and people often automatically adjust their daily activities to accommodate symptoms rather than getting help.
Contrary to what people think, breathlessness is not a normal part of ageing. Likewise, a persistent or changed cough shouldn’t be dismissed as the flu or a cold.
Common symptoms of COPD include:
- Shortness of breath
- A repetitive cough
- Increased phlegm or mucus production
- Feeling tired
- More frequent chest infections
- Taking longer to recover from a cold or chest infection.
Anyone can get COPD. Take two minutes to check your lung health.Check your lung health
Anyone can get COPD
COPD doesn’t discriminate. It affects men, women, current smokers, ex-smokers and even never smokers. Read these stories about real people living with COPD, the symptoms they experienced and how they coped with their diagnosis.View more stories
1 in 7 Australians over 40 has COPD and many don’t know itToelle B, Xuan W, Bird T, Abramson M, Atkinson D, Burton D, James A, Jenkins C, Johns D, Maguire G, Musk A, Walters E, Wood-Baker R, Hunter M, Graham B, Southwell P, Vollmer W, Buist A, Marks G. Respiratory symptoms and illness in older Australians: The Burden of Obstructive Lung Disease (BOLD) study. Med J Aust 2013;198:144-148
COPD is the second leading cause of avoidable hospital admissionsNational Health Performance Authority 2015, Health Communities: Potentially preventable hospitalisations in 2013-14.
COPD is the umbrella term for a range of lung disease including emphysema, chronic bronchitis and chronic asthma
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have approximately 2.5 times the rate of COPD as other Australians.Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Health and Welfare of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, Canberra, AIHW, 2015.