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Living with COPD

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What can I do?

Who can help me?

What financial help is available?

What can I do?

COPD homepageIf you have COPD, see below for some actions you can take to improve or manage your health.

Who can help me?


If you need to find a GP, you can search on this map.

Local support societies and groups

CanBreathe and other respiratory support groups provide services and support to help you manage your COPD.

Canterbury Better Breathing pulmonary rehabilitation programme

The Canterbury Better Breathing pulmonary rehabilitation programme helps you improve your breathing and fitness.

Specialist COPD services

In Canterbury, there are many specialist respiratory services available for people with COPD or other breathing disorders, including:

Your health professional or GP can refer you to one or more of the above services as you need them.

Christchurch Hospital or Ashburton Hospital respiratory services

You may want to pay to see a private respiratory specialist. There are several specialists in Canterbury who see people with COPD.

Tangata Atumotu Trust

Tangata Atumotu Trust is a community health service for Pasifika.

What financial help is available?

For information about funding that your GP might be able to use to reduce the cost of your health care, see Funding schemes at your general practice.

To find out about the disability allowance benefit, see Disability allowance for adults.

Transport and parking has information about mobility parking permits, the Total Mobility half-price taxi scheme, and other transport options.

See Keeping your home warm & dry for information about the Community Energy Action (CEA) Charitable Trust. CEA might be able to help with reduced costs for insulation and efficient heating.

On the next page: What to do in a COPD flare-up

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by community respiratory physician, Canterbury DHB. Last reviewed May 2017.

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