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Updated COPD-X Concise Guide available

Lung Foundation Australia has launched its updatedCOPD-X Concise Guide, which provides practical evidence-based recommendations for healthcare professions on the diagnosis and management of chronic obstructive disease (COPD). Endorsed by the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, the guide has been extensively reviewed by respiratory physicians and primary care experts. The redesigned guide summarises the latest evidence and provides clinical practice tips that link directly to its parent document, The COPD-X Plan. Access the guide at: https://lungfoundation.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Book-COPD-X-Concise-Guide-May2020.pdf.

National data on chronic pain

Almost one in five (1.6 million) Australians aged 45 years and over had chronic pain in 2016, with women having more chronic pain than men, new Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) data show. The AIHW report, Chronic Pain in Australia, examined national data on people with chronic pain and its impact, treatment and management. It found that GP visits for chronic pain increased by 67% in the 10 years between 2006-07 and 2015-16, representing about 400,000 more encounters. Read the report at: https://www.aihw.gov.au/getmedia/10434b6f-2147-46ab-b654-a90f05592d35/aihw-phe-267.pdf.