Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic, progressive condition with exacerbating features that limits airflow in the lungs. COPD has a high incidence of multimorbidity and can be complex, disabling and negatively impact on quality of life.

The clinical aims of this initiative are to:

  • reduce unwarranted clinical variation
  • increase education, resources and support for COPD patients to self-manage their disease
  • develop optimal care after discharge and at end of life.

Snapshot of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in NSW

In 2016-17...
75 hospitals
across NSW admitted
patients with COPD

Model of care

3Ci model of care 2023

Organisational model of care to improve outcomes and reduce unnecessary hospitalisations for people with chronic heart failure (CHF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in NSW.

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The COPD-X Plan: Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for the Management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Evidence-based guideline that shifts the emphasis from pharmacological treatment to a range of interventions including patient education, self-management of exacerbations and pulmonary rehabilitation.

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For clinicians and services

What to improve

A summary of the four clinical components of the initiative:

  1. diagnosis
  2. exacerbation management
  3. optimising health through ongoing care
  4. last year of life

How to improve

Explore options for different organisational models to tailor clinical services for your local requirements:

  • respiratory coordinated care program
  • nurse-led models of care
  • virtual health model

Additional resources

Contact the Respiratory Network

Email the team at or visit the ACI Respiratory Network.

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