Pulmonary Rehabilitation is an 8 week program that offers a 1 x 2 hour education and exercise session per week plus an additional exercise session per week. A medical referral and interview are required prior to group inclusion.
The group is suitable for people with Chronic Pulmonary Disease (COPD) (emphysema and chronic bronchitis), bronchiectasis, pulmonary fibrosis and pre and post lung volume reduction surgery.
The program is not designed to meet the needs of those clients who require services during an acute exacerbation or individualised treatment from their chronic lung condition. Participants are required to be medically stable and able to participate in a group environment.
Current smokers are not excluded, however they must show a commitment to quit smoking.
The program is an exercise and education program involving physiotherapist, doctor, dietitian, occupational therapist, pharmacist and psychologist.
The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is located at the Peter Heinz Centre, Queen Elizabeth Centre, Ascot St South, Ballarat.
Peter Heinz Centre Reception, Ph: 03 5320 3885