New Zealand is at COVID-19 Alert Level 4
We're uniting against COVID-19
CanBreathe’s physical office is now temporarily closed
CanBreathe’s physical office is now closed until further notice.
We can continue to receive referrals via ERMS / fax or phone, however individual consultations / education / support will be provided via phone and /or email.
CanBreathre can still be contacted via
Txt: 027 9098 201
Fax: 386 0657
If your call is not answered please leave a message and we will contact you. We can arrange to deliver or courier Nebulisers and/or consumables if required.
No Spirometry tests will be undertaken until further notice, current and new referrals will be held and clients contacted to arrange appointments once it is safe to do so.
Service information updates will be available on CanBreathe’s Facebook page and this website.
Together we can slow the spread - Keep Safe
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.
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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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.
1 in 7 school children in New Zealand are prescribed medication for asthma
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 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.
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