Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program - Shellharbour Hospital


The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is an evidence-based exercise and education program designed for people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other chronic lung conditions. The aim of the program is to help people with airways limitations increase their level of activity, confidence in exercise and promote improved independence for the person in the home setting. The program also aims to minimise frequency of hospitalisation and length of hospital stay.

Programs are twice weekly and run for 8 weeks in the Shellharbour Hospital Multipurpose Gymnasium:

Mondays 9:30am - 12:00pm & Thursdays 9:30 - 11:30am.


Inclusion Criteria

  • Diagnosis of respiratory condition including:

    • COPD
    • Pulmonary Fibrosis
    • Pre/post-transplant
    • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Motivation to attend program twice weekly for 8 weeks to improve exercise tolerance

  • Experience breathlessness in their day to day life

  • Stable cardiac function (e.g. AF and angina well controlled)

  • Cognitively sound.


Patients will be contacted by the Physiotherapist/CNC a few weeks prior to course commencement for an assessment. Assessments are completed by a Respiratory Nurse or Physiotherapist.

NOTE: Participants need to be able to attend the program on both days.

Contact Information

Shellharbour Hospital
15-17 Madigan Boulevarde
Mt Warrigal NSW 2528
0436 813 722

Please email your completed referral form to the address above.