Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) is a chronic lung disorder that occurs frequently in the general population. In this presentation, Dr Jenny Gowan outlines the diagnosis and management of COPD. Asthma, another obstructive airway disease is also explored which leads to the discussion of the asthma-COPD overlap. Quality patient outcomes require that these respiratory conditions are well understood and that nurses are familiar with current guidelines. This session will provide an evidenced update on how to manage concurrent asthma and COPD.
Jenny Gowan, a practising pharmacist, is a teaching associate at Monash University, Melbourne and a clinical associate of RMIT University. She is a member of the PSA Branch committee, the Expert Group for Therapeutic Guidelines – Respiratory version 5, an editorial board member of AUS-DI, SHPA "Don’t Rush to Crush", the Guidelines Committee for the Australian Asthma Handbook (AAH) and the writing group for the RACGP ‘Medical Care of older persons in RACF’ (Silver book). Jenny is an accredited consultant pharmacist who conducts her own company, which focuses on medication reviews in the home and aged care facilities, plus education, writing, training and consultation. Jenny works regularly in community pharmacy plus sessions in a GP clinic at a community health centre. She has published over 400 educational articles.
Jenny has presented talks at many Australian and international conferences to GPs, nurse practitioners, nurses, podiatrists, pharmacists, and other health professionals. In 2013, she was awarded the Australian Pharmacist of the Year by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and, in 2016, the AACP-MIMs Australian Consultant Pharmacist of the Year. See Educator Profile