Respiratory and breathing help

A respiratory nurse is a nurse who specialises in caring for people with breathing and lung problems.

Types of respiratory conditions

Asthma sufferer using puff

A respiratory nurse is a nurse who specialises in caring for people with breathing and lung problems, including smokers.

Our respiratory nurse can help you better understand your condition and treatment, keep an eye on your activities and work with you to plan for a healthier life.

The respiratory nurse can also talk to community groups, workplaces and schools about asthma management, smoking, and other breathing issues.

A respiratory nurse can assist with:

  • managing your asthma
  • living well with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • how to best manage if you have been diagnosed with emphysema
  • managing asbestos-related diseases
  • gaining more benefit from using home oxygen therapy
  • stopping smoking.

Eligibility

Respiratory nurse services are available to people who work, live or study in Latrobe City. We prioritise our services for people on low-medium incomes and holders of concession cards.

Respiratory nurse services are available for people with eligible DVA referrals. All DVA referrals are home visits only.

Cost

Concession card holders

  • $17.50 per consult

Non-concession card holders

  • $29.50 per consult

Education services

  • $109.50 per hour

Phone Latrobe Community Health Service on 1800 242 696 to discuss your individual situation.