Optimising physical activity and sedentary behaviour in people with COPD


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Monash University Department of Physiotherapy, in conjunction with ResPTlab, is pleased to announce the following upcoming seminar entitled:

“Optimising physical activity and sedentary behaviour in people with COPD”

The Australian Institute for Health and Welfare estimates 1 in 2 adults do not meet recommended Australian physical activity guidelines and only 15% meet both physical activity and muscle strengthening guidelines (https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/risk-factors/insufficient-physical-activity/contents/physical-inactivity). Add to this a chronic lung disease, breathlessness on exertion, and a COVID-19 environment restricting outdoor societal interaction and it is unsurprising the need to keep people with respiratory disease physically active has never been greater.
Changing health behaviour is complex, with individuals’ choices underpinning diet, weight or habits such as smoking influenced by many interacting factors. Healthcare professionals are very well placed to try remediate some of these factors but answers to complex challenges are not always simple. There is no reason to suspect the maintenance or improvement in physical activity levels in patients with chronic lung disease should be any different. Much attention has been given to the complex issue of ‘reactivating’ such individuals, especially those with COPD, yet few would claim to have found the magic bullet. Such challenges have also given rise to a different focus – might it be more realistic to try reduce sedentary behaviour? And if this might be feasible, can we achieve both at the same time?
This webinar aims to examine emerging insights into this field of research to offer clinicians perspective on the potential paths needed to be walked tomorrow. While framed from the perspective of respiratory medicine, this session is hoped to appeal to a diverse range of healthcare professionals spanning a variety of clinical settings.


Associate Professor Kylie Hill (BSc, PhD) is a physiotherapist in the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science at Curtin University. Her research interests focus on respiratory physiotherapy and exercise training for people with chronic lung conditions. She has been a previous Convenor for the Physiotherapy Special Interest Group of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand and has over 25 years clinical and teaching experience in cardiorespiratory / general medicine physiotherapy. Kylie currently supervises 10 HDR students and co-founded the Western Australia Respiratory Research Physiotherapy (WARRP) group (@warrp2). She has published more than 100 papers and is a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Physiotherapy.


Any health professionals working in acute or subacute healthcare, respiratory medicine and/or general medicine, including physiotherapists, exercise physiologists, nurses, medical doctors, clinical researchers.


Due to the changed situation in Australia regarding COVID-19, we will run this presentation as a live online webinar via Zoom, co-hosted by the presenter and Monash University. Registered participants will attend via a URL link and password that will allow live viewing from the presenter. A pdf of slides will be made accessible to registrants. Opportunities will be provided for questions and discussion towards the end of the seminar, however these will be submitted via text chat box and proposed to the presenter via the co-host (i.e. no personal audio communication).


7:00 – 8:00pm AEST, Thursday 2nd July, 2020


As we will be running this event via online webinar (Zoom), we are offering a reduced flat-rate registration cost of $15 (Monash University student rate $10).

Registration will be essential in order to be granted access to the presentation and to obtain the password for the webinar meeting. 

You can also browse our library of past seminars in this series via the following link: https://shop.monash.edu/shop-by-area/medicine-nursing-and-health-science/departments/school-of-primary-and-allied-health-care/physiotherapy-department/seminars.html

We look forward to welcoming you at this exciting session!

Dr. Christian Osadnik

Director of Research, Department of Physiotherapy, Monash University, and Director of ResPTlab

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