June 27, 2012

2010 December 9 – New Resource a Breath of Fresh Air

For People with Chronic Lung Disease

The Australian Lung Foundation has just released a new publication to help thousands of Australians with lung disease better manage their condition.

The ‘Getting Started on Home Oxygen’ booklet is a comprehensive resource for Australians with chronic lung conditions, who have recently been prescribed home oxygen therapy or may be prescribed it in the near future.

CEO of The Australian Lung Foundation, William Darbishire, said the publication has been produced primarily for adults with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) – one of the most common adult lung diseases that can lead to the need for home oxygen therapy – however, people with other chronic lung conditions may also find it useful.

“COPD is one of the most common lung conditions in older adults and is a blanket term used to cover conditions such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis”, Mr Darbishire said.

“Approximately 2.1 million Australians have some form of COPD and, of those, 1.2 million have COPD at a stage where they have already lost 50 per cent of their lung capacity,” he said.

Home oxygen therapy may be prescribed to a person with advanced COPD to combat the low oxygen levels in their blood – this, in turn, reduces damage to the vital organs and can help patients live longer.

The Australian Lung Foundation’s ‘Getting Started on Home Oxygen’ publication contains vital information for both patients with chronic lung diseases and their carers, such as:

  • How home oxygen therapy works
  • The equipment that is used
  • Practical tips others have found helpful
  • The answers to some commonly asked questions.

The new booklet may also be beneficial for those with other conditions who have been prescribed oxygen, including pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, some cancers, pulmonary hypertension, heart failure, chronic asthma, obstructive sleep apnoea and pulmonary embolism.

‘Getting Started on Home Oxygen’ is available for just $5 for a limited time and can be purchased both online at www.lungfoundation.com.au or by calling 1800 654 301.  From 22 December 2010, the price will increase to $8 a copy.

“I urge all Australians who have been prescribed home oxygen therapy and their carers to grab a copy of this comprehensive guide now, as it really will become an essential resource tool in helping you to breathe easier,” Mr Darbishire said.

Additional information about COPD can be found in The Australian Lung Foundation’s publication ‘Better Living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Patient Guide’.

This publication can be downloaded at www.lungfoundation.com.au or purchased in hardcopy by calling 1800 654 301.

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 Media: To arrange an interview with William Darbishire, please contact Melissa Pizzato, National Marketing and PR Manager, The Australian Lung Foundation on (07) 3251 3646,

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