COPD project continues to roll out in 2018

Following on from successful events held in 2017, Brisbane North PHN is again organising a series of educational workshops in 2018 for GPs and practice nurses as part of the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) project.

GPs are invited to participate in an active learning module to hear the latest in COPD diagnosis and management and work toward better outcomes for their patients.

In 2017, the COPD project:

  • secured 15 general practices to participate in a six month (October 2017 – April 2018) COPD clinical audit
  • hosted a clinical audit evening
  • held a nursing network meeting on COPD
  • ran two Saturday workshops for practice nurses on COPD.

In 2018, the COPD project will deliver:

  • satellite pulmonary rehabilitation
  • spirometry training
  • nursing education
  • GP active learning modules.

2018 GP active learning modules

Option 1 Event Page - ALM (Saturday Workshop)
Saturday 17 March 2018 | 8.30 am – 4.30 pm, Caboolture Hub, 4 Hasking Street Caboolture QLD 4510

Option 2 Event Page - Deconstructed ALM (Wednesdays)
Wednesday 28 February 2018 + Wednesday 07 March 2018 + Wednesday 14 March 2018
6.00 pm – 8.30 pm, Caboolture Hub 4 Hasking Street, Caboolture QLD 4510

Cost: Free (limited registrations available) Kindly sponsored by the Queensland Health Integrated Care Innovation Fund.
CPD Activity Number: 109989 Allocated 40 Category 1 points in QI&CPD Program for the 2017–2019 triennium.

For information or to register please contact Amie Horwood on 07 3490 3454 or

Feedback from GPs who previously attended this ALM

What did you find most useful/valuable about the ALM?

The emphasis on screening for COPD in all patients attending the practice for whatever reason using history (the right questions) and examination (including use of screening Pico-6 or COPD-6 and full spirometry as indicated by results of the screening too.

I did not know the benefit of pulmonary rehabilitation at all in preventing hospital readmission. 

General comments about the ALM

I think the relevance of this topic cannot be underestimated and emphasis on self management and pulmonary rehab is the future in order minimise doctor visits, hospitalisation and escalating costs.

I thought the ALM provided a very useful and practical way for me to both identify patients with COPD and to manage those with COPD.


For clinical information on COPD visit HealthPathways at and use the
login: ‘Brisbane’ and password: ‘North’.

The COPD project is supported by funding from the Queensland Health Integrated Care Innovation Fund and is a collaboration between Metro North Hospital and Health Service, Brisbane North PHN, the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation and Lung Foundation Australia.