March 5, 2015

Lung Foundation Australia banks a silver quarter

Lung Foundation Australia is 25 years young today and we’re taking a breath to reflect on how far we’ve come since 1990.

Lung Foundation Australia CEO Heather Allan said even with the huge advances in health management in the past quarter of a century, lung disease continues to be a major issue for Australians.

“Last year, we worked with the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research to develop a report that summarised, in one place and for the first time, information about the overall prevalence, burden and impact of lung disease in Australia,” Mrs Allan said.

“The bottom line is lung disease contributes 10 per cent to the overall health burden in Australia,[i]” she said.

“So what it shows is that looking after our lungs should be priority for everyone.”

Mrs Allan said Lung Foundation Australia will continue to work for patients, carers, families, health professionals and the general community.

“It’s remarkable how we’ve grown over the past 25 years,” she said.

“When I started in 2005, we were a staff of six, and now we are a staff of 21 with a broad range of services and programs.

Last year…

  • We responded to 6,500 calls to our Information and Support Centre
  • 82,000 people accessed the Lung Health Checklist
  • We funded more than $300,000 in research awards
  • Almost 3,000 patients participated in support groups

Mrs Allan extended a huge thank you to our community and clinical volunteers and supporters.

“Without our clinical and community volunteers we simply wouldn’t be where we are today,” she said.

“In many ways, the success of the past 25 years is down to the immeasurable time and effort they give to Lung Foundation Australia and all those affected by lung disease.”

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If you would like to celebrate our birthday, please go to our wishing well and make a donation. Why not consider a gift of $25 for our 25th birthday? That’s a dollar for each year since we were founded – https://lungfoundationaustraliawishingwell.everydayhero.com/au/Lung-Foundation-Wishing-Well 

[i] Lung Disease in Australia, Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, October 2014.