Dr Andrew Williams from the school of Human Life Sciences recently held a launch of the “Lungs In Action” program for lung disease sufferers. This very successful event was attended by local Respiratory Specialists, Allied Health Workers and Patients to observe the exercises undertaken at the classes and learn more about the Program.
This pulmonary rehabilitation programme will be available to people who have stable lung conditions such as emphysema, cystic fibrosis and chronic bronchitis who have already completed the Lung Boosters program through the Launceston General Hospital. Dr Williams advised “currently there is a gap in services between hospital rehabilitation and normal exercise programs for people with these conditions. The School of Human Life Sciences have established the program under the guidance of the LGH’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation program and the Australian Lung Foundation to improve quality of life for those people who are looking to continue their exercise in an environment that is safe and supportive to their condition”.
Patients are referred to the Program through the Allied Health Department at the Launceston General Hospital or by their Specialist and then make an initial consultation appointment with Dr Williams prior to beginning the classes. The cost of classes is only $3 per 45 minute session and are held every Thursday at 2.00 pm at the Unigym, Brooks Road, UTAS Newnham Campus. Clients have the benefit of small class sizes and bookings are essential by phoning 6324 5400. For further information contact Dr Andrew Williams on 6324 5487 or Ms Lou Chellis on 6324 5400.
Video courtesy Southern Cross News
Authorised by the Head of School, Human Life Sciences
13 March, 2012