Skip to main content aims to provide continued professional development for physiotherapists working in Cystic Fibrosis care. The CFPhysio resource is also designed for individuals with CF and their families, carers, and community. The education provided does not replace routine clinical care. This resource may empower individuals with CF to become involved and proactive in their healthcare journey.

CFPhysio is an Australian and New Zealand collaboration that is aimed at providing a resource as an adjunct to your usual professional development and support provided within your team, or your department, and if you are an individual with CF the CFPhysio website is aimed at being an additional resource to your health care team and your other support networks.

CFPhysio Learning Objectives:

A physiotherapist accessing and completing the learning modules in the website will be able to:

  • Describe the pathophysiology of Cystic Fibrosis (CF)
  • Understand the principles of Multidisciplinary care in CF and the role of the physiotherapist in managing people with CF
  • Identify airway clearance devices suitable for use in CF
  • Demonstrate airway clearance techniques and be able to teach these to individuals with CF
  • Describe the basic principles of inhalation therapy and its importance in managing CF lung disease
  • Describe the relationship between inhalation therapy and airway clearance in CF, and identify various methods of delivery of inhaled medications
  • Describe basic methods of maintenance and cleaning of airway clearance and inhalation therapy devices
  • Describe common complications of Cystic Fibrosis that relate to physiotherapy (including pneumothorax, haemoptysis, urinary inmcontinence, CF related liver Disease, Pregnancy, CF related diabetes and CF related bone disease). Demonstrate a basic understanding of how these conditions impact on the physiotherapy management of people with CF, and precautions that may be required in managing patients with these conditions
  • Understand the basic principle of infection control in Cystic Fibrosis
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the common pathogens associated with CF lung disease
  • List the implications for physiotherapists when considering infection control practices in CF
  • Be able to define adherence and factors affecting adherence in CF, and Identify options and resources suitable for promoting and supporting adherence with physiotherapy treatments
  • Demonstrate an awareness of musculoskeletal complications and considerations in CF

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