Pulmonary Consequence of COVID-19 Webinar

Pulmonary Consequence of COVID-19 Webinar

Pulmonary Consequence of COVID-19: Impacts on Exercise Responses and Implications for Clinical Practice Webinar

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Since the first case detected in Australia in January 2020, there have been over 160,000 Australians who have experienced COVID-19. There is a wide clinical spectrum of COVID-19 disease, varying from asymptomatic or mild respiratory illness with spontaneous recovery to advanced respiratory illness requiring medical intervention.

Irrespective of the severity of COVID-19 disease, many people continue to report debilitating symptoms months following initial infection with the virus, with the most problematic being breathlessness and fatigue triggered by physical activity and exercise. Emerging evidence suggests that, in up to half of people who were hospitalised for COVID-19, the pulmonary consequences — impaired oxygen diffusing capacity of the lungs and restrictive ventilatory defect — persist for over three months. These pathophysiological changes impact exercise responses, which requires consideration when prescribing and delivering exercise-based interventions.

This webinar aims to improve the theoretical knowledge of AEPs around:  
  • The pulmonary pathophysiological consequences of acute COVID-19
  • The symptomology and pulmonary pathophysiology of long COVID, including impacts on exercise responses  
  • How to modify exercise prescription and delivery according to outcomes of assessments of clinical and functional status in people with long-COVID
  • How to assess and manage exertional breathlessness

Presented by Dr Hayley Lewthwaite, PhD, AEP 

Hayley is a Lecturer in Clinical Exercise Physiology at the Central Coast campus of the University of Newcastle, and an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Exercise Scientist. She is a research fellow in the Treatable Traits Centre of Research Excellence and an adjunct research fellow with IIMPACT at University of South Australia. Hayley completed a PhD in 2018 at University of South Australia, exploring how to optimise physical activity, sedentary and sleep behaviours in people with chronic lung disease. Following completion of her PhD, Hayley moved to Canada for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at McGill University supported by an Australian Government Endeavour Research Fellowship and a Le Fonds de Recherche du Québec Santé Postdoctoral Training Fellowship. Hayley's research focuses on exploring pathophysiological mechanisms underlying activity-related symptoms (such as breathlessness), with the aim of improving symptom identification, assessment and management. In particular, Hayley looks to find novel approaches to manage activity-related breathlessness and enable people who live with persistent breathlessness to get the most out of exercise training and be more active in their day-to-day life. Hayley has published over 20 peer review manuscripts in this field.


Wednesday, 8 December 2021
6:00pm - 7:30pm AEDT
Please note, the times listed are in Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time. 
Your local time will be: 
ACT:           6:00pm - 7:30pm 
NSW:    6:00pm - 7:30pm 
NT:    4:30pm - 6:00pm 
QLD:    5:00pm - 6:30pm 
SA:    5:30pm - 7:00pm 
TAS:    6:00pm - 7:30pm 
VIC:     6:00pm - 7:30pm 
WA:    3:00pm - 4:30pm 

Please note: This is a live webinar and needs to be watched at the specified time above. If you are unable to watch the webinar live, it will be produced as a podcast and can be purchased within the following month.

Rates per person

ESSA Member         $30.00 
Non-Member   $50.00 
ESSA Student Member    $15.00 
Student Non-Member    $25.00 
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Access to Webinar

You will be provided information on how to access this webinar within your registration confirmation email.
NB: A confirmation of your attendance is required.

Target Audience

Any Accredited Exercise Scientist, Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Accredited Sports Scientist Level 1, Accredited Sports Scientist Level 2 and/or Accredited High Performance Manager  



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