COPD-X Concise Guide for Primary Care

Lung Foundation Australia, through the COPD-X Guidelines Committee, manages the co-branded Lung Foundation and TSANZ, “The COPD-X Plan: Australian and New Zealand guidelines for the management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease”.  These full guidelines are updated four times per year as new evidence becomes available.  The scope of the guidelines extends beyond the primary care setting and are therefore quite lengthy and time consuming for the busy GP to regularly review.

The single page “Stepwise Management of Stable COPD” has been a useful resource for GPs as it shows the stepwise approach to non-pharmacological and pharmacological therapies as the severity of COPD progresses.   The recent addition of the table to guide addition of new therapies provides GPs with further assistance for prescription.

This new COPD-X Concise Guide for Primary Care has been written to assist GPs, nurses and the general practice team in the management of patients with COPD.  It is available as a fully searchable pdf document with internal hyperlinks to assist navigation.  Recommendations are easily identified by accent boxes and the recommendations are graded according to the strength and the quality of the evidence.  Additional practice tips are included and designed to aid clinical care. (The below diagram shows navigation).

To ensure you stay up-to-date with these guidelines, register on  This will provide an email notification each time the full COPD-X guidelines and the COPD-X Concise Guide for Primary Care have been updated. It is anticipated that the COPD-X Concise Guide for Primary Care will be updated twice per year.

Download the pdf version of the COPD-X Concise Guide for Primary Care here

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COPD-X Concise Guide for Primary Care – Tips for Navigation

LFA COPD-X Guide instructions PDF (602 KB)

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This guide has been submitted to RACGP for endorsement.

Lung Foundation Australia has developed additional clinical resources to assist General Practice.  Visit our General Practice page to find further information on:

  • COPD Action Plans
  • Primary Care Respiratory Toolkit (Spirometry Calculator and Lung Age Estimator)
  • COPD Risk Assessments and Community Screening devices
  • GP and nurse education
  • Patient fact sheets
  • Health promotion resources


“In Australia, the majority of patients with COPD are managed by GPs. Since 2003 when the
first evidence-based Australian COPD-X guidelines were published jointly by Lung Foundation
Australia and Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) we have had access to
this regularly updated and comprehensive clinical support tool. However, GPs manage many
different acute and chronic diseases throughout their busy week and the proliferation of the
various disease guidelines has become an increasingly daunting task to manage. Therefore, this
“COPD-X Concise Guide for Primary Care” is very timely and appropriate.

As members of the GP Advisory Group for Lung Foundation Australia we anticipate this Guide
will better meet the needs of our GP colleagues knowing that it is underpinned by the very
comprehensive COPD-X Guideline. Each recommendation has been graded according to the
strength of evidence available and its applicability to clinical practice, whilst emphasising that
management should be patient focused and individualised as needed. The Guide also includes
“practice tips” to enhance clinical care.

This is the first edition and we appreciate it is not perfect but we look forward to feedback to
direct the next edition to make it even more useful to the practising GP.”

Dr Kerry Hancock, Chair GP Advisory Group, Lung Foundation Australia.

We value your feedback.  Please let us know how the guide helped you and where we can improve.