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 We help people breathe easier

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

Health Promotion

We provide respiratory health promotion information stands at health and other community events.

This includes free information and advice about keeping your lungs healthy, managing your asthma, COPD or other respiratory conditions.

Contact us about your next event now.

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

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.

Entertainment Book Christmas Gift

Support CanBreathe and give a gift that counts this season!

The Gift of Entertainment gives year-round savings to your special someone, and also supports our fundraising.

The Gift of Entertainment is a new Digital Membership valid from 12 months from the day of activation.  You can buy that special someone a Single City or Multi City Membership so they can save year-round on everything they love to do.

Simply buy it, print it, gift it!  Just order and pay online.

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

Novel Coronavirus (219-nCoV) Latest Updates


For the most up-to-date information please refer to the Ministry of Health website.

Like any flu like condition the best defence is good hygiene practices and if you become unwell, stay home from school or work and contact your General Practice for advice.



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