The Wesley Hospital Pulmonary Rehabilitation

The Wesley Hospital Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programme

The Wesley Hospital Pulmonary Rehabilitation program is an outpatient program for people with chronic lung conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic asthma, pulmonary fibrosis and bronchiectasis. Clinical studies have shown exercise training will improve a persons condition, break the ‘cycle of inactivity’ and prevent hospital re-admissions.


The Wesley Hospital Pulmonary Rehabilitation program is suitable for people living at home who are limited by their breathlessness and have a decreased ability to perform normal activities of daily life. To date we have successfully treated many patients, with improvements in exercise and functional capacity, quality of life scores, independence with activities of daily living and comfort of breathing. A referral from a Respiratory Physician or General Practitioner is required. Private health insurance rebates apply.

Aims of the Programme

  • To increase your strength and the distance you can walk
  • To increase your quality of life
  • To increase your confidence and ability to cope

Who Benefits

  • Any person with lung disease who has difficulty breathing and who finds that day to day activities are getting harder
  • Patients requiring supplemental oxygen are encouraged to attend
  • The program does involve exercise but this is aimed specifically for people who get short of breath so all levels of ability are catered for
  • It is very important that you attend each session

The First Step – Talk To Your Doctor

  • Doctor’s referral required

The First Visit

  • This will be an individual appointment that will take about one hour
  • During this visit you will be assessed and the program explained to you in more detail by our senior physiotherapist

The Program

  • You will need to attend once a week, for an 8 week period. This is to ensure you receive the full benefit from the program
  • Any inidivual exercise program will be designed for you
  • It will be gentle at first. Each time you attend you will asked to do a little more
  • You must also follow a home exercise program so that when the 8 weeks are up you will know how to exercise at home to stay fit
  • As well as the exercise session, there will be an education session on each visit. This will be presented by our health professionals to help you understand your disease and learn some management skills.

Booking or Further Information

To book an appointment or for further information, please call us on 07 3232 6190.

Email: Fax: 3232 6189



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