The Northern Territory Disease Control Bulletin
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Northern Territory disease control bulletin
v. 9 no. 1
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The Northern Territory Disease Control Bulletin Vol 9, No.1, March 2002 18 a consultancy role with a strong emphasis on education of clients, carers and health professionals in the management of COPD. The Respiratory Nurse also coordinates and reviews clients on domiciliary oxygen therapy (approximately 100 within the NT).11 The Respiratory Outreach Project within Central Australia has recently explored options for improving hospital and community care for patients with COPD and other chronic lung conditions.12 The project has also produced resources such as the Living with a chronic lung condition patient education booklet.13 The Short Wind Project run by Asthma NT has produced a number of educational resources suitable for Indigenous clients with asthma. The resources are also of relevance to those with COPD, especially the parts dealing with puffers, spacers, nebulisers and peak flow meters.14 A COPD Self Directed Learning Package has also been developed by NT DHCS staff in Workforce Support and Darwin Urban Community Health.15 Royal Darwin Hospital has also developed a COPD exacerbation clinical pathway, which has been in use within the hospital for the last two years for the multidisciplinary management of uncomplicated cases. Acknowledgements Thanks to Justine Glover for chasing down details on local initiatives, and to Di Rayson from the Tobacco Action Project for providing details on the program. References 1. The Australian Lung Foundation. Case Statement Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Brisbane: Australian Lung Foundation, 2001. Available at www.lungnet.com.au. This website is an information service run by the Australian Lung Foundation with a specific COPD information hub, patient education leaflets and contact details for LungNet (the network of Lung Support Groups in Australia). 2. Weeramanthri TS, Clark L. Chronic diseases. In: The Health and Welfare of Territorians 1999, Condon JR, Warman G, Arnold L (eds.). Darwin: Territory Health Services, 2001, pages 97-104. Available on the NT DHCS Intranet at http:// internal.health.nt.gov.au/healthplan/epi/epi.htm 3. Pauwels RA, Buist AS, Calverley PM, Jenkins CR, Hurd SS. Global strategy for the diagnosis, management and prevention of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. NHLBI/WHO Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) Workshop Summary. Am J Resp Crit Care Med 2001; 163: 1256-1276. Available at www.goldcopd.com (last accessed 27-02-02). 4. Burdon J, Edwards R. The chronic obstructive pulmonary disease strategy. Intern Med J 2002; 32:64-65. 5. Gibson PG. Management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Australian Prescriber 2001; 24 (6): 152-155. Available at www.australianprescriber.com (last accessed 2702-02). 6. Frith P, McKenzie D, Pierce R. Management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in the twenty-first century. Intern Med J 2001; 31:508511. 7. Weeramanthri TS, Morton S, Hendy S, Connors C, Rae C and Ashbridge D. The NT Preventable Chronic Disease Strategy - Overview and Framework. Darwin: Territory Health Services, 1999. Available at http://www.nt.gov.au/health/ cdc/preventable/overview.shtml (last accessed 27-03-02). 8. Ivers R. Indigenous Australians and Tobacco: a literature review. Darwin: Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal and Tropical Health, 2001, pages 113-120. 9. Guidelines, Standards and Audit Team. Remote area adult chronic disease management guidelines. Darwin: Territory Health Services, 1998. 10. Maguire G, Bailie R, Currie B. Optimising chronic lung disease care for Indigenous Australians. Darwin: Menzies School of Health Research Annual Report 2000-2001, page 31. 11. Young IH, Crockett AJ, McDonald CF. Adult domiciliary oxygen therapy: Position statement of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand. Med J Aust 1998; 168: 21-25. Available:www.mja.com.au/public/issues/jan5/y oung/young.html (last accessed 11-03-02). 12. Atkins L, Meikle M. Respiratory Outreach Project Report. Alice Springs: NT DHCS, November 2001. 13. Available from Adolescent and Adult Health Community Nurses at Flynn Drive, Alice Springs, on 8951 6744. 14. Contact Asthma NT on 89228817 for more details. 15. Rosenow P, Frampton J, Reilly R. A multidisciplinary approach to Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease (COAD): selfdirected learning package. Darwin Urban Community Health and Workforce Support Unit, 2000. Available later this year. *************
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