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New pulmonary rehabilitation service in Hawkesbury

Hawkesbury District Health Service is pleased to announce a new Chronic Airways Limitation Management (CALM) pulmonary rehabilitation program co-designed and funded with Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network designed for anyone with a lung disease who has difficulty breathing and finds day-to-day activities getting harder.

CALM Program

16 November 2018

The CALM program is provided by a physiotherapist, specialist nurse and an assistant within Hawkesbury Community Health Services.

Patient Carmen Thurlin has found she has more energy after being in the program.

"Everyone is very supportive and I look forward to coming, it’s the best thing I have ever done," Carmen said.

The aims of CALM are to:

  • increase your strength and the distance you can walk
  • increase your quality of life
  • increase your confidence and ability to cope
  • keep you out of hospital.

About the program 

In a twice a week 8 week group program CALM provides:

  • a supervised personal exercise program to improve your fitness and ability to do day-to-day activities
  • education sessions to help with symptom management
  • peer support
  • social interaction
  • access to an ongoing exercise group (Lungs in Action which is also funded by the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network and runs out of Hawkesbury Community Health Services).

How to Join

Your GP or respiratory specialist can refer you to this program by filling out our referral form.

For more information about the program please contact Physiotherapist Anna Bishop on (02) 4560 5714.