October 14, 2016

Lung Foundation Australia calls on the Government to make lung cancer a priority

Lung Foundation Australia met with the nation’s key decision makers last Wednesday 12 October to highlight the vital calls to action to change the face of lung cancer in Australia. The Parliamentary Friends of Lung Health event was overseen by co-convenors John Alexander OAM MP and Steve Georganas MP.

Lung Foundation Australia is calling on the Government to make lung cancer a priority via our report “Improving Outcomes for Australians with Lung Cancer – A Call to Action.”

The report calls for the following actions to improve outcomes for lung cancer patients:

  • Raise the profile and reduce the stigma of lung cancer.
  • Prioritise early detection efforts where cure is most likely to be achieved, including identifying and implementing an effective national screening strategy.
  • Improve access to best-practice care for people with lung cancer whoever they are and wherever they live.
  • Increase research funding targeted to lung cancer to improve health outcomes.

The full report and a one-page extract are available for download at http://lungfoundation.com.au/about-us/advocacy/.

Cancer has overtaken heart disease as Australia’s biggest killer according to Australia’s Health 2016 report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and for the first time surpassed the number of deaths from cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and stroke.

Lung cancer is the biggest cancer killer and 9,000 Australians will die from lung cancer in 2016 – equivalent to 25 people each day.[1]

That’s why we must act now. You can show your support by visiting http://lungfoundation.com.au/about-us/advocacy/improving-outcomes-for-australians-living-with-lung-cancer-a-call-to-action/

[1] Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2016. Lung cancer in Australia. URL:http://www.aihw.gov.au/cancer/lung/ [last accessed August 2016]