What is pulmonary rehabilitation?
Pulmonary rehabilitation, also known as pulmonary rehab, is a comprehensive outpatient program designed to help you manage your shortness of breath and your lung condition. This service consists of education and supervised exercise classes. You will be assessed by a pulmonary rehab staff member so that they can design a program to suit you.
What are the benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation?
Research shows that pulmonary rehab is one of the most important things you can do to improve your breathing. It improves your symptoms, reduces flare-ups and helps you stay out of hospital - which means that you can have a better quality of life.
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How long is pulmonary rehabilitation program?
Pulmonary rehab programs typically run for 6-8 weeks, offering two sessions per week.
Who can enrol in a pulmonary rehabilitation program?
The program is available to all patients with a chronic lung condition.
How much does pulmonary rehabilitation cost?
Pulmonary rehabilitation is a FREE service.
How do I find a pulmonary rehabilitation program?
The best way to find a pulmonary rehab program is to ask your healthcare team. They will be able to help you enrol in a program near you.
The Lung Foundation of Australia has details of all known pulmonary rehab programs in Australia and can help you find a pulmonary rehab program near you. You can also find out more about the St Vincent's Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program.
Remember, chronic lung disease is lifelong condition that needs ongoing management and attention - and a pulmonary rehab program can help give your lung health the attention it deserves so you can improve your quality of life.