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Health professionals urged to undertake asthma/COPD training

Press release
3 April 2017

Health professionals urged to undertake asthma and COPD training

Respiratory disease continues to make a substantial contribution to New Zealand’s health burden.

The recently released Impact of Respiratory Disease in New Zealand: 2016 Update, commissioned by the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ, reported that respiratory disease accounted for one in 10 overnight hospitalisations.

Over 521,000 people take medication for asthma, and over 35,000 New Zealanders are estimated to be living with severe COPD.

Due to the staggering statistics in New Zealand, the Foundation urges all registered health professionals to undertake training in Asthma and COPD.

“Today we launched the most current Asthma & COPD Fundamentals course available in New Zealand,” says Teresa Demetriou, GM – Education and Research at the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ.

The course aligns latest research with specific information for the New Zealand context, such as recently funded medications, treating Māori and Pacific peoples and best practice health literacy.

The course consists of two parts - an online e-Learning series and a classroom based MasterClass.

Course content is interactive and engaging, and “the online modules can be accessed on any device, allowing participants to complete them at their own pace,” says Demetriou.

Feedback from course pilot participants has been positive – “I think an excellent job has been done here as everything is clearly explained in a range of ways that make it interesting to complete, well done!”

The Asthma & COPD Fundamentals course awards a total of 19 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours.

The e-Learning series is now available. Visit to enrol. The first MasterClass will be available in June 2017.

e-Learning seriesMasterClass
Four online modules including:
1) asthma fundamentals 2) asthma management 3) COPD management 4) health promoting practice.

12 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours.

Learn foundational and important material outside the traditional classroom setting.

Was developed in conjunction with Whitireia NZ.

Cost: $180.

One-day classroom based MasterClass.

7 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours.

Uses scenarios to put knowledge into practice.

Utilises health literacy and cultural competency.

MasterClass is to be completed within six months of the e-Learning Series.

Was developed in conjunction with Health Literacy NZ.

Cost: TBC.

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