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Practical Management of Chronic Breathlessness

University of South Australia

Thursday, 20 June 2019 at 9:00 am - Saturday, 22 June 2019 at 4:30 pm (ACST)

Practical Management  of Chronic  Breathlessness

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Full registration for 3 day course. Includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea and Breathing Repair Kit.
Ended $525.00 $0.00
One Day Registration: Thurs 20 June   more info Ended $200.00 $0.00
One Day Registration: Fri 21 June   more info Ended $200.00 $0.00
One Day Registration: Sat 22 June   more info Ended $200.00 $0.00
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A three-day course targeting health professionals that aims to develop knowledge, skills and confidence in the non-pharmacological management of people living with chronic breathlessness.

Course Content

Interactive workshops including panel discussions and practical demonstrations involving people living with and/or caring for a person with chronic breathlessness. Current thinking on mechanisms, assessment and non-pharmacological management of chronic breathlessness with a focus on brief interventions for breathing, thinking, functioning and living well.

Key Presenter

Dr Sara Booth is a consultant palliative care physician and founder of the Cambridge Breathlessness Intervention Service, UK. Following early research into effectiveness of air vs oxygen and the hand-held fan, her series of studies (2003-2016) underpinning the development and effectiveness of a predominantly non-pharmacological, multi-professional approach to chronic breathlessness management has made her work the basis of breathlessness services worldwide. Sara has published over 120 peer-reviewed papers and books, held multiple research grants and now teaches internationally in this area, while still working directly building wellbeing in people living with chronic disease.


On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe current biopsychosocial concepts underpinning the experience of chronic breathlessness
  2. Undertake a person-centred assessment of the breathlessness experience and symptom needs of a person living with or caring for a person living with this symptom
  3. Explain chronic breathlessness to a person living with or caring for a person living this symptom using jargon and value - free language
  4. Describe, critique and apply a range of instruments appropriate for assessment and monitoring chronic breathlessness.
  5. Describe and apply clinical models to inform (a) assessment and (b) choice of management strategies
  6. Demonstrate practical, evidence-based non-pharmacological management strategies for chronic breathlessness.
  7. Reflect upon their own beliefs and expectations of chronic breathlessness and how these may contribute positively/negatively to the patient experience and management.
  8. Identify resources for understanding and managing chronic breathlessness.


Includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea. 3-day attendance includes Breathing Repair Kit.

Thursday 20th June 2019

Friday 21st June 2019

Saturday 22nd June 2019

Understanding breathlessness

What is really like to live with? Panel discussion with experts at living with breathlessness


The genesis of breathlessness: mechanisms and models including the Breathing, Thinking and Functioning clinical model


Assessing breathlessness: Multidimensional assessment of breathlessness with

in-practice case demonstration and discussion


The “Breathing” domain: Understanding and evidence Practical management workshop

Fan v oxygen

Breathing, position and movement

The “Thinking” domain

Understanding and evidence for the impacts of expectation, beliefs, thoughts and emotions


Explaining breathlessness: does it matter and what can we learn from pain neuroscience education



The “Thinking” domain:

In-practice case demonstration and discussion



Practical management workshop

Challenging misperceptions

Crisis management

Relaxation and mindfulness



The experience of carers

Needs and support

In-practice case demonstration and discussion


The “Functioning” domain: Understanding, evidence and management

Practical management workshop

Tools for developing social and physical function


What about/what if?

Pharmacological management

Integrated palliative care

Questions and concerns


What next?

Local case scenarios, resources and planning for local implementation


For further information contact Kylie Johnston, e:, ph: 08 88302 2086

This training course is part of the project “Translating evidence-based chronic breathlessness intervention services to South Australia” which has received one-year funding through approved disbursements from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Rapid Applied Research Translation Program. This funding has supported the travel of Dr Sara Booth. The Chronic Breathlessness Intervention Project wishes to acknowledge the MRFF and Commonwealth Department of Health in supporting the aim to help people manage and cope better with breathlessness. This Project is part of the work being undertaken by Health Translation SA.


Up to one day prior to course commencement: 85% refund. From course commence date: no refund, (a substitute person from the same organisation may be nominated).

Have questions about Practical Management of Chronic Breathlessness? Contact University of South Australia

When & Where

University of South Australia
Magill Campus
South Australia 5072

Thursday, 20 June 2019 at 9:00 am - Saturday, 22 June 2019 at 4:30 pm (ACST)

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