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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Breathe easy, walk easy training program



Breathe easy, walk easy is a training program for rural and remote health care providers. The program provides participants with the skills and knowledge to set up and evaluate local pulmonary rehabilitation programs for their patients.

Pulmonary rehabilitation is an evidence based program for patients with chronic lung disease. It is a multidisciplinary chronic lung disease program that has proven outcomes in increasing patient exercise capacity, quality of life and reducing health care utilisation.

Training is provided by expert professional trainers with extensive experience in pulmonary rehabilitation. Initial training is over one and half days and delivered in local areas to facilitate attendance by all staff. Training delivery is a mix of presentation, practical activities and group work.

Abstract adapted from Australian Lung Foundation


Level 2
11 Finchley St
PO Box 1949
Milton Qld 4064
Ph: (07) 3251 3600
Fax: (07) 3368 3564

Related publications

Boyle E, Alison J, Maguire G, Johnston C (2011)

Breathe easy, walk easy.

Paper presented at the Aboriginal Health Conference: strong now, stronger future – changing in the right direction. 2-3 July 2011, Perth

Johnston CL, Maxwell LJ, Maguire GP, Alison JA (2014)

Does delivery of a training program for healthcare professionals increase access to pulmonary rehabilitation and improve outcomes for people with chronic lung disease in rural and remote Australia?.

Australian Health Review; 38(4): 387-395

Johnston CL, Boyle E, Maxwell LJ, Maguire GP, Alison JA (2012)

Improving chronic lung disease management in rural and remote Australia: the Breathe Easy Walk Easy program.

Respirology; 18(1): 161–169


Last updated: 14 August 2014
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