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Lung Flare Care aims to provide high quality information to help improve your recovery from a flare-up of chronic lung disease.

Flare-ups (also called exacerbations, attacks or crises) occur when symptoms such as breathlessness, cough or sputum production worsen over time. When they are severe, people often need urgent care in hospital. Flare-ups can contribute to poor health and wellbeing afterwards. It is therefore essential to understand the treatments and supports available to help optimise your recovery.

How to use

Lung Flare Care is organised into four main sections aligned with key stages of the patient experience:

Covers general disease knowledge relating to diagnosis, disease staging, symptoms and treatment

Covers knowledge specifically related to flare-ups, action plans, management, in-hospital care and communication


Covers information relating to recovery after lung flare-ups, with emphasis on different forms of physical rehabilitation


Covers ways to further support recovery including overview of health services, support for carers and managing change

Tailored information for your lung condition

Navigate via the menu at the top of the screen or select a tile below to tailor information in Lung Flare Care to your needs:

Who should use Lung Flare Care?


Provide high quality information
Improve patient engagement
Access outside of business hours

How Lung Flare Care was developed

Lung Flare Care was developed using the following evidence-based process:


People with COPD


Healthcare workers

Rehabilitation specialists

Expert survey

25 international experts

– Academics

– Clinicians

Website drafting

Content writing

Sourcing imagery

‘Look & feel’ testing

Good design principles

Consumer feedback

Feedback from target users

Tailored information

Appearance & functionality

Language checks

Acknowledgements and References

Lung Flare Care was developed with the support of several individuals, organisations and funders. Details are available here.

References that informed the content on each web page are available at the bottom of each page or here.

The steering committee of Lung Flare Care acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and offers our respects to their Elders past and present. We extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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