Primary Care Respiratory Calculator

Please note that the link below to the Java tool is now deprecated.

Significant work has gone into creating a web version of this toolkit which is available on the Australian Lung Foundation website; the link is as follows:

Support still remains for the Java version however further development will not occur.

The Primary Care Respiratory Calculator is a series of tools for use within the context of Australian general practice, inclusive of:

  • Calculating spirometry predicted values,
  • Pre- and post-bronchodilator spirometry assessment and interpretation,
  • Text- and visual-based spirometry assessment,
  • Asthma versus COPD differential diagnosis aid,
  • Fletcher-Peto visual tool for respiratory morbidity, and,
  • Accessible respiratory web resources for primary care.

Note that this calculator is applicable to the Australian context and uses Australian adult normal predicted values.

Launch/Download the Primary Care Respiratory Calculator (requires Java).

Upon clicking the above link, the complete tool will be downloaded to your computer (approximately 9MB in size). You can relaunch the tool by clicking the above link or accessing the tool from the desktop or program menu shortcut created on your computer.

For clinical information regarding this tool, please contact Associate Professor Alan Crockett at the Primary Care Respiratory Unit at the University of Adelaide.

For technical matters please use the contact form.


Welcome to Dr. Widget!

The following website is aimed to provide providers and consumers of health services access to tools which may aim in the management of health.

Please note that the tools within this website are aimed as an information resource only and any use for diagnostic purposes or the management of health conditions, should be in consultation with a health professional or other health care provider.

The use of these tools within a clinical setting should not replace clinical judgment nor prudent clinical practice.


Lobster Petting 2.0

Yup, its been awhile but thankfully Lobster Petting 2.0 is back on the desktop as an Apple Dashboard Widget!

Whom to thank? From the original at Homeboy Software comes this appropriate description (and download available for Mac OS Classic):

Looking for the ultimate “Zen” game. The lobster’s back with more petting pleasure than a Funk & Wagnall’s. Get into the 70’s funky groove with all NEW background music and sound FX. More fun than 10,000 monkeys at Wal-mart.

Respect to the Homeboy Software crew and particularly Mojiferous Industries for allowing me the honour of petting the lobster in Dashcode… Do familiarise yourselves with the world leader in binary Dadaism!

icon.png Download the blessed widget already, just don’t poke Mr Snappy’s eye.

Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger is required. If you’re using Safari, click the download link. When the widget download is complete, Show Dashboard, click the Plus sign to display the Widget Bar and click the widget’s icon in the Widget Bar to open it. If you’re using a browser other than Safari, click the download link. When the widget download is complete, unarchive it and place it in /Library/Widgets/ in your home folder. Show Dashboard, click the Plus sign to display the Widget Bar and click the widget’s icon in the Widget Bar to open it.


Cardiovascular Risk Calculator

The following cardiovascular risk calculator is congruent with the endorsed Australian methods of determining risk and incorporates the following:

  • Drop down menus which incorporate ranges for variables; per the NPS / NZ Cardiovascular Risk Calculator,
  • Use of absolute risk level of a cardiovascular event in the next 5 years,
  • Grading of absolute risk utilising the NPS / NZ Cardiovascular Risk Calculator grading (mild, moderate, high, very high) and percentage risk value of a cardiovascular event,
  • The use of warning flags which inform a user of the calculator that risk may be underestimated if the systolic BP or total cholesterol exceeds a certain value (systolic BP ≥ 160mmHG, diastolic BP ≥ 95mmHg or total cholesterol ≥ 8.5mmol/L).

icon.png Access the cardiovascular risk calculator (new browser window)