Brisbane South PHN recently held a Best Practice chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) workshop entitled ‘Cutting through the complexity of managing COPD in Primary Care’ at which 42 people attended.

The event was delivered in association with NPS MedicineWise and targeted General Practitioners and pharmacists.

The workshop’s primary objective was to support evidence-based guidelines covering identification, diagnosis and management of patients with COPD in the primary care setting.

COPD is among the top five chronic conditions that lead to potentially preventable hospitalisations in Metro South Health hospitals.

A clinical expert presentation was delivered by Dr Adel De Klerk-Braasch, Respiratory and General Physician from Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Hospital.

Key learnings from Adel’s strong presentation were around the key role of immunisation, COPD-X guidelines and utilisation of pulmonary rehabilitation in patient COPD management.

The NPS MedicineWise team later facilitated a lively discussion about a clinical case scenario.

Topics covered included:

  • evidence-based guidelines covering identification, diagnosis and management of patients with COPD
  • update on stepwise approach to management as per COPD-X guidelines
  • use of newer COPD medicines – guidance from the COPD-X guidelines e.g. what and when to initiate considerations to be taken into account when choosing an inhaler for patients.

Brisbane South PHN Board Chair Dr Ian Williams joined the event, and gave the following reflection:

“It was a great night, bringing together pharmacists, General Practitioners, specialist input and other disciplines. We were able to learn together, and understand what each can contribute to patient care.”

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