The criteria to enrol in a pulmonary rehabilitation program will vary among centres. Some pulmonary rehabilitation programs will require a specialist or doctor’s referral, while others will allow you to enrol yourself. Some programs may have restrictions on who can be referred. Some programs may restrict enrolment to people who have previously quit smoking, whereas others may offer help to quit smoking as part of their program.
You should discuss the benefits of enrolling in a pulmonary rehabilitation program with your specialist lung doctor, GP, physiotherapist or respiratory nurse.
To find out more information about pulmonary rehabilitation, or where your nearest pulmonary rehabilitation program is located, contact Lung Foundation Australia (phone: 1800 654 301, or visit the Lung Foundation website.