We provide support, education and resources

for Cantabrians with asthma and other respiratory conditions




Our Services


Free consultations and education to improve the management of asthma and COPD is provided at our clinic or in the community

Education Services

Free tailored education sessions are available for schools, early childhood centre staff or any other groups who are responsible for caring for others with respiratory conditions

Quit Smoking

Free smoking cessation counselling and support can help you succeed to quit smoking

Breathing Tests

Spirometry is a respiratory test that is used to diagnose some respiratory conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Welcome, Haere Mai, Kia Ora

The Canterbury Asthma Society Incorporated (trading as CanBreathe) is a not-for-profit organisation providing services and support throughout the Canterbury region.

Our registered nurses provide education, support and advice to individuals and families / whanau affected by asthma, COPD or other respiratory conditions.

We help improve the quality of life for people with asthma and related diseases throughout the Canterbury area by providing a range of services to our members and the wider community

Provided FREE

  • Individual consultations to improve the management of your asthma or COPD (at our place or yours)
  •  Education about medications, inhalers and spacers
  • Telephone advice
  • Quit smoking support and subsidised nicotine replacement therapy
  • Breathing tests to test lung function
  • Resources for people and those supporting others with asthma and COPD

Provided FREE

  • Asthma education session to staff and parents at schools and preschools
  • Information sessions to community groups
  • Education and updates for health professionals in the latest asthma and COPD management (part charge may apply)
  • Quarterly Newsletter with helpful information and advice as well as details of upcoming events

Product Sales

  • Nebuliser hire and sales service
  • Filters and giving sets for nebulisers
  • Dust mite allergy bedding protection sales

Help us support children with asthma by purchasing your Entertainment Book through CanBreathe

Entertainment Book Vouchers and Digital Membership

Asthma education is an essential service that enables us to reach more children and their families who are struggling with breathing problems.


Baxter Bear is a free education kit used to assist parents and whanau with the management of children aged six and under, with asthma or childhood wheeze needing assistance/education on giving inhaler treatment.


By purchasing your Entertainment Book through CanBreathe you are helping to provide free education kits for children who suffer from asthma and other respiratory conditions.

CanBreathe Baxter Bear

Incredible Numbers

School Children

1 in 7 school children in New Zealand are prescribed medication for asthma


COPD Cases

15% of Kiwis over 45 years old have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, that's over 200,000 people in NZ

People Die from Asthma

At least 50 people each year in New Zealand die from asthma, some of them at school.

Asthma & COPD fundamentals course

Asthma Foundation COPD & Asthma Fundamentals

Education Courses Now Available

The Asthma and COPD Fundamentals course has been updated.  The course is designed to provide nurses with the necessary skills to offer asthma and COPD self-management education to their patients.

The eLearning series includes four online modules.  The Masterclass provided by CanBreathe is a one day face to face class.

For more details check out our  Asthma & COPD Fundamentals Course information.

SIREF - South Island Respiratory Educators Forum

Registrations Now Open

Thursday 27th and Friday 28th February 2020, Christchurch

South Island Respiratory Educators Forum (SIREF) 

SIREF 2020 will be held in Christchurch on Thursday 27th and Friday 28th February at The George.

The theme for SIREF 2020 is DIY Respiratory - Self-management in its many forms and will include the latest research and service developments working to improve respiratory health and service delivery in the community.

For more details and registration check out our SIREF information

Help us support people living with respiratory conditions