COPD ECHO

Join the COPD ECHO Network to share and learn best-practice COPD management and how to translate and implement COPD guidelines into country practice.

Enrol for the COPD ECHO Network

This program will have a country focus and enrolment will be restricted to country heath professionals only.

Whilst we endeavour to enrol all applicants, priority will be given to those those with a patient case to present. We apologise in advance if we cannot accommodate you in the program.

If you are from outside of South Australia or are interested in joining as session as an observer, please email echo@sapmea.asn.au .

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Submit your cases

We welcome all cases, whether they involve common clinical scenarios related to diagnosis and care, or those that involve complex or challenging presentations and patient management scenarios.

The benefits of presenting a case during an ECHO session include receiving advice and feedback on current strategies, gaining perspectives from a multi-disciplinary professional support network, and arming you with the knowledge and confidence to improve patient care.

Please note that ECHO sessions are not secondary consultations and do not replace specialist referral, where needed.

Submit a case

Meet the COPD ECHO panel

Dr Alison Lydeamore - GP Facilitator

Investigator Clinic, Port Lincoln

Dr Kerry Hancock

Respiratory GP, Chandlers Hill Surgery

Dr Andrew Scroop

Respiratory Physician, Respiratory Consultants

    Glenda Woodward

    Respiratory Nurse, Country and Outback Health

    Prof Marie Williams & Prof Kylie Johnston

    Respiratory Physiotherapists, Uni SA

    Joy Gailer

    Clinical Pharmacist, DATIS

      CPD eligibility 

      RACGP members who attend at least 4 sessions and participate in both the initiation and review meeting will be eligible to receive 40 Cat 1 points for a Reviewing Performance activity under the Peer-Group Learning model. RACGP members who attend fewer than 4 sessions, will receive an attendance certificate to self-claim Cat 2 points.

      ACRRM members will be eligible to receive Case Discussion Credits under the Performance Review Category.

      Points and certificates will be sent/allocated at the end of the network ECHO series.

      Learning outcomes

      At the end of the COPD ECHO Network series, participants will be able to:

      1. Apply an evidence-based approach to the diagnosis, management and secondary prevention of COPD.

      2. Apply a multidisciplinary approach to the management of COPD.

      3. Demonstrate knowledge of the referral pathways and services for COPD care in regional and rural locations.

      COPD resources

      COPD-X Plan: Australian and New Zealand evidence-based clinical guidelines for the management of COPD

      COPD-X Concise Guide: A concise summary of the key evidence-based recommendations from the COPD-X Plan

      HealthPathways SA: Online access to evidence-based clinical pathways and local referral information. Access to HealthPathways SA is free once you have registered to set up a login.

      Available COPD pathways of care include:

      Lung Foundation Australia resources:

      National Asthma Council Australia resources:

      Spirometry 360 – Online Spirometry Training Program

      Publications:

    • International Journal of General Medicine – Diagnosing and treating COPD: Understanding the Challenges and Finding Solutions
    • Medicine Today – COPD Management Supplement

    • This program is funded by Country SA PHN, with support from Lung Foundation Australia