Respiratory Support Service

Our Role

This service is funded by the Northland District Health Board.

About the service

The Respiratory Support service supports general practices to better manage people with chronic respiratory conditions.
There are three key functions:

  1.  To provide education support to the general practice and nurses, maintaining professional development and clinical competency with respiratory knowledge and skills.
    a.  Facilitating the 12-hour asthma and COPD fundamentals programme.
    b.  Promoting and coordinating spirometry training for practice nurses.
    c.  Provides mentoring and coaching support to practice nurses in the care of people with respiratory conditions

These programmes are delivered four times per year, please refer to the education calendar.

2.  To provide free or low-cost spirometry testing service in remote areas with small practices.The nurse supports a small number of people with complex respiratory conditions, providing referred patients with a better understanding of your lung condition, medications and self-management or lifestyle skills. 

You can download the brochure: TTT PHO – Respiratory Pamphlet.

Services are delivered

Across the mid-far North:  Kawakawa, Moerewa, Paihia, Kerikeri. Kaikohe, Hokianga, Whangaroa, Taipa, Kaitaia.

This service can also  be delivered in:
Homes, clinics, classrooms, the Northern Rural Corrections Facility,  and general practices throughout Te Tai Tokerau.

 Who is eligible?

All people with chronic respiratory conditions -all ages across the life span

Who can refer?

GP or Nurse

3.  The Respiratory Nurse Specialist also coordinates pulmonary rehabilitation programmes

Useful links:

Health Navigator: 

Asthma and respiratory foundation of NZ:

How to access services
A referral to the specialist nurse can be made by your GP or nurse to : Marilyn Dyer: 021 711 567 Phone: 09 408 3142  email:


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