How can you use community support services?

  • Be an active participant in your care.
  • Learn about your lung condition and learn how to manage and adapt to it.
  • Benefit from the knowledge and experience of other people who have lung conditions.
  • Build your own support network to help manage your health.
  • Plan ahead and use available services as you need them.
  1. From your team of health care professionals.
  2. From your local council.
  3. From Lung Foundation Australia (phone: 1800 654 301), which may include:
    • Patient information resources.
    • Information on local pulmonary rehabilitation patient support groups and community exercise programs (maintenance).
  4. From your local Commonwealth Carelink Centre (phone: 1800 052 222), which provides free information about local community aged care, disability and support services.
  5. From the Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre (phone: 1800 059 059), which provides information and options about respite care and other support services for carers, such as:
    • Respite care in emergency and short term planned care situations.
    • Assistance in locating and booking residential respite.
    • Access to an emergency respite service 24 hours a day.