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New Australian Pulmonary Rehabilitation Guidelines

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Pulmonary rehabilitation is an evidence based, multidisciplinary intervention that is strongly recommended for patients with COPD irrespective of the severity or stage of their disease. The first Australian and New Zealand Pulmonary Rehabilitation Guidelines were released in February 2017 providing a summary of evidence and key recommendations http://lungfoundation.com.au/health-professionals/guidelines/the-australia-and-new-zealand-pulmonary-rehabilitation-guidelines/

This release coincides with the latest Veterans’ MATES, Keeping your COPD patients well this winter. This topic highlights the interventions that can help prevent exacerbations and improve the wellbeing of patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). It also includes Setting up a pulmonary rehabilitation program, which outlines how to set up a program using locally available resources.

For more information about the latest release, visit Keeping your COPD patients well this winter.


Not sure of the Home Medicines Review process?

A Home Medicines Review (HMR), conducted by an accredited pharmacist in collaboration with the patient, can help patients better understand, organise and safely manage their medicines in the home.

The latest release of Veterans’ MATES includes information about the HMR process including:

  • How will an HMR benefit my patient
  • Who is eligible for an HMR and the patients most likely to benefit
  • How to get the best out of the HMR for your patient
  • How the pharmacist can simplify a dosing schedule during an HMR

See Not sure of the Home Medicines Review process?

For more information about the latest release which focuses on steps to reduce a complex medicine regimen and how a HMR can help, visit Pausing to review the medicine regimen


Dementia Awareness

This Veterans’ MATES release recognised the important role families and carers play in supporting those living with dementia.

In September 2016, materials were distributed to over 5,000 doctors, 8,400 pharmacists and 2,500 aged care facilities to help support veterans living with dementia and their carers. As part of the launch a carer’s brochure was provided to health professionals to distribute to carers. The brochure gave practical ideas about what might help when changes in behaviour arose and highlighted the services available to support carers and families. To find out more, visit Dementia and changes in behaviour.


Latest Veterans’ MATES research looks at anticholinergic medicines and the risk of confusion

Recent Veterans’ MATES research has found that taking more anticholinergic medicines is associated with greater risk of hospitalisation for confusion or dementia. This research helped inform our recent topic “Thinking clearly about the anticholinergic burden”.

Would like to find out more?

Visit our publications page for a full list of Veterans’ MATES academic publications

Remember to always talk to your doctor before starting, changing or stopping a medicine, including complementary or herbal medicines.


Are you a GP wanting electronic access to your Veterans’ MATES materials?

Keep Veterans’ MATES at your fingertips by registering for access to the secure website.

To take advantage of this service, please see your latest Veterans MATES letter for your log-in details and then go to GP login on this site to register.


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COPD – Keeping well this winter (Mar 2017)
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an umbrella term for a number of lung diseases that can make breathing difficult. This includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. For many people with COPD, winter can be a time for flare-ups. Your doctor might call this an exacerbation. Even though COPD is a long-term condition, there are things you can do to slow the disease and improve your day-to-day life.
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Veterans’ MATES Report 2004 - 2010

This report provides an overview of the Veterans’ MATES program between June 2004 and May 2010. It demonstrates the program’s many achievements, and the impact of its initiatives in keeping veterans healthy.

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