Have the CHAT

During winter you are more likely to have a Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) exacerbation, known as a flare-up of symptoms. Every exacerbation does long-term damage to your health and can increase your risk of death.

Reduce your risk of an exacerbation and stay well this winter by completing this checklist:

  • Get your vaccinations (influenza; pneumococcal pneumonia)
  • Keep active, eg. with pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Check how to use your inhaler device with your doctor/pharmacist
  • Ask your doctor for a COPD Action Plan

Know the signs of an exacerbation. CHAT is an easy to remember acronym that helps you to recognise the symptoms of a COPD exacerbation.

  • Coughing more than usual.
  • Harder to breathe than usual.
  • Any change in sputum (phlegm).
  • Tired more than usual (less active).

Have the CHAT with your doctor as soon as you experience any worsening of symptoms.

Here are some tips on making the most out of your doctor’s appointment:

  • Make appointments with the same doctor, except in an urgent situation and when your normal doctor is unavailable.
  • List questions and concerns about your COPD in order of priority before your visit.
  • Ask for a longer appointment or schedule a second visit if you have lots of questions or concerns.
  • Don’t avoid asking questions because you are embarrassed. Your doctor is there to help.
  • Bring a friend or family member for support.
  • Ask your doctor to write answers down so you can review them later.
  • Find out from your doctor when you should make your next appointment and ask what to do if your symptoms worsen or if you’re not getting better.

For more information, visit http://lungfoundation.com.au/havethechat or phone freecall 1800 654 301.

Mental Health Practitioner Directory

Frequently Asked Questions

Any AHPRA or AASW registered mental health practitioner providing services in the Mid North Coast and/or Northern NSW.

By listing, you will let GPs, other referrers and consumers know that you are practising in Mid North Coast and/or Northern NSW. You can provide information such as where you are located, the services you provide, the population groups you support and your clinical interests.

No, the directory is a free service provided by Healthy North Coast.

This directory enables you to provide real-time information about your availability to accept referrals, as well as how long people may have to wait for an appointment. You can update this information as your availability changes. This will help GPs and other referrers ensure they only refer clients to practitioners who have the capacity to see them.

It also has a range of advanced search options and supports printing and bookmarking of search results.

You can choose to display your email address and your phone number so that people can contact you directly. You may prefer not to display these, in which case people can contact you by completing an enquiry form located in the Directory. Your choices can be updated anytime.

You can indicate wait times for an appointment for a new client or that you are currently unable to accept new referrals. You can also choose whether to display or hide your contact details. You can update your choices at any time.

Yes, you can update your listing or remove it at any time by clicking the “update practitioner details” button on your listing. You will receive a secure website link to your nominated admin email that will enable you to make changes, delete or put your listing on hold. You can also show when you are taking extended leave or are not available for a specific period, rather than completely removing your listing.

We will also send you an email every three months (90 days) prompting you to check that your information is up to date.

You will be responsible for managing the information in your listing and ensuring that it is up to date. You will also be asked to check the information before it is published in the directory.

We will also send you an email every three months (90 days) prompting you to check that your information is up to date so that the directory displays accurate information.

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