Through our medical societies, the Canadian Thoracic Society and the Canadian Respiratory Health Professionals, we help strengthen our research capacity and move knowledge into practice so that Canadians can benefit more quickly from the latest research on respiratory diseases.
- The Canadian Thoracic Society is our medical society
- The Canadian Respiratory Health Professionals is our health professional group. The CRHP welcomes nurses, nurse practitioners, cardio-pulmonary physiotherapists, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, and others who work in lung health.
We provide health professionals with access to training on best practices in chronic lung disease diagnosis, care and management and lend our support to local and regional lung health education and professional workshop initiatives. We develop and encourage the implementation of clinical practice guidelines for respiratory care.
Together, we fund research and provide educational and training opportunities for doctors and health professionals to increase their knowledge and skills in treating lung diseases.
Carole Madeley RRT, CRE, MAppSc (RespSc)
Director, Respiratory Health Programs
Ontario Lung Association
During a career in respiratory therapy spanning more than three decades, Carole Madeley has seen lung disease in all its many forms while working tirelessly to improve the lives of Ontarians living with respiratory illness. Carole’s broad knowledge and experience as a practitioner, teacher and administrator make her the ideal person to lead the delivery of patient support, provider and public education programs at the Ontario Lung Association.
As the Association’s Director of Respiratory Health Programs, Carole is responsible for the delivery of several asthma and COPD programs. She also makes important contributions to special projects such as the Fitness for Breath exercise maintenance program, the Breathe asthma self-management app and the Value Demonstrating Initiative for COPD.
Working out of the provincial office in Toronto, Carole leads a dedicated team of 10 Registered Respiratory Therapists (seven in Toronto and three working out the Association’s Ottawa Respiratory Health Centre.
“I graduated as an RRT in 1981,” says Carole, “and then worked in hospitals for 27 years. During that time, I developed and implemented a comprehensive pulmonary rehabilitation program and also gained experience in home care, became a certified respiratory educator and completed my Masters. All of my experiences were important preparation for my current role. I had the chance to see lung disease from the perspective of the patient, the provider, the teacher and the researcher. It is an overriding commitment to the needs of patients that drives everything we do at the Ontario Lung Association.”
Certified Respiratory Educator
The Lung Association Lung Health Information Line
Ontario Lung Association
Diane Feldman has been answering people’s questions about lung health for almost 15 years. A former acute care registered respiratory therapist, Diane started working for The Lung Association’s Asthma Action Helpline in 2000. Over the years, this morphed into The Lung Association Lung Health Information Line, a free service offered from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, serving the people of Ontario as well as callers from seven other provinces.
Diane is one of a team of certified respiratory educators (CREs), health care professionals with special training and credentials, who work out of the Ontario Lung Association headquarters in Toronto.
“We respond to clients via telephone or email and provide information and guidance on a variety of lung health concerns such as asthma, COPD and other lung diseases, smoking cessation counselling, air quality issues and other issues,” explains Diane.
“We get calls on every imaginable lung health issue, whether it’s a question about a new diagnosis, medication, symptom management or someone needing clarification of information from a health care provider. Often people call to find out about resources in their community – support groups, rehabilitation programs or home oxygen companies.”
Diane says that she and her fellow CREs derive great professional and personal satisfaction from their work. “Every day, we get an opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of patients and their families. We know we’re making a difference because of the feedback we receive. One caller wrote to say, ‘This morning's conversation with Diane was very informative and useful. We intend to follow up with our doctor and also complete an action plan.’ It’s great to know that our work is making a difference.”
Jan Neumann, CRE, CAE
Vice-president of Professional Education
The Lung Association of Saskatchewan
Jan Neumann is a certified respiratory educator with a double passion: improving the lives of those with lung disease and enhancing the education of health professionals who care for them.
Jan has led the Lung Association's development, and implementation of RESPtrec® (Respiratory Education and Training Courses) for health-care providers nationwide. These professional training courses, including AsthmaTrec, COPDTrec and SpiroTrec, are now the gold standard in Canada and have given health-care providers the ability to provide the best patient education and care.
Jan has received many awards in respiratory excellence including the A. Les McDonald Award for Innovation and Excellence in Respiratory Care and Education by the Canadian Network for Respiratory Care and the Canadian Respiratory Health Professionals Distinction Award.
Now vice president of professional education, Jan has been working with the Lung Association of Saskatchewan for more than 25 years. She has been a mentor to many health care professionals and was the first-ever recipient of the Canadian Respiratory Health Professionals Distinction Award.
“Jan has been a mentor not only to me, but to numerous other colleagues and students in Saskatchewan and across Canada,” says Jaimie Peters, a health promotion coordinator and certified respiratory educator at the Lung Association of Saskatchewan.
“Jan first became a mentor to me when I began my nursing career as a student with the Lung Association of Saskatchewan,” says Jill Hubick, a health promotion coordinator and certified respiratory educator. “She continues to be a mentor to me, a leader within our own office and around the country. What sets Jan apart is her ability to translate knowledge and educate others to provide safe and effective respiratory care.”
Jan is also committed to helping children with asthma to lead full and active lives. Jan was also the director of the Wilf-Chamberlain ACT Asthma Camp in Saskatchewan for 19 years. “The camp required extensive organizing, planning and training of health-care professionals as medical staff and university students as camp counsellors to oversee the care of the 50 to 6- young enthusiastic 7-13 year olds for week,” says Karen Davis, a colleague at the University of Saskatchewan who has known Jan as for more than 25 years.
Director, Health Education & Program Services
British Columbia Lung Association
As trained nurse, originally from the Philippines, Kelly Ablog-Morrant has overseen patient and professional education programs for the BC Lung Association for more than 30 years. She manages the Association’s annual calendar of public lung health education forums, maintains the Association’s province-wide patient support group network, and ensures that provincial lung health community members have access to training on best practices in chronic lung disease diagnosis, care and management.
Kelly is also a dedicated patient advocate, sitting on range of medical advisory committees aimed at improving patient access to much-needed medication, pulmonary rehabilitation and support.
In September 2012, Kelly was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her three-decade-long commitment to promoting lung health in BC communities.
“It is a wonderful feeling to know the work you do is appreciated,” said Kelly. “The BC Lung Association has been my home and the focus of my life for almost 40 years, and I feel very lucky indeed.”
photo: Kelly receives the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from Scott McDonald, CEO of the British Columbia Lung Association.
When asked to describe the most rewarding aspect of Lana’s job as a certified respiratory educator with the Ontario Lung Association, Lana says "I like making a difference".
Lana works as part of a team of educators who staff The Lung Association’s helpline. A respiratory therapist with a background in critical care, Lana and the helpline team answer questions from patients and their families on a variety of issues related to lung disease, including idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Often those calling about IPF are newly diagnosed and upset with this diagnosis. Lana notes that awareness of IPF remains relatively low compared with other diseases. Many people have never heard of the disease until their diagnosis.
One of the first steps in coping with a diagnosis of IPF is getting educated about the disease. “Our IPF patients and their families have so many questions. This disease is such a mystery and it can be overwhelming,” explains Lana. Part of her role as a certified respiratory educator is to help patients better understand and manage their disease. Although there is currently no cure for IPF, there are strategies people can do to conserve energy and make day-to-day living easier.
IPF patients and their families also call the helpline for emotional support. Talking to someone who understands the disease and its challenges can literally be a lifeline.
Lana says more resources and research are needed to support those with IPF – and ultimately find effective treatments. She has been working with The Lung Association to develop new resources and online content based on her experience in supporting IPF patients.
Lana belongs to a special interest group on IPF to stay up-to-date on the latest IPF research and developments. “ I want to help solve the puzzle of IPF.”
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