March 25, 2014

Lung Foundation Australia educates Darwin on lung health

Lung Foundation Australia is coming to Darwin to help people living with lung disease.

The latest ‘Better Living with Your Chronic Lung Disease’ Regional Patient Seminar will be held on Tuesday, 25 March, and delivers up-to-date information for patients and carers living with lung disease.

The event also suits health professionals working with lung disease patients as well as providing useful information for members of the community.

Lung Foundation Australia’s Project Manager, Self-Management and Palliative Care, Melissa Ram said more than six million people in Australia live with a long-term, ongoing respiratory condition.

“These free national seminars are a great opportunity to increase awareness among people living with a lung disease and to educate people to better manage their disease and its symptoms,” Mrs Ram said.

“Education is vital to helping people be better informed and in control of their health,” she said.

“We know that helping people to better manage their condition reduces hospitalisations and improves their quality of life.

Attendees have the opportunity to enjoy presentations from our highly experienced local guest speakers who will cover three topics:

  • Fitting it all in: Increasing physical activity levels for health
  • Demystifying Lung Diseases: What they are, how they affect you and how to treat them
  • Palliative Care: What it is and what you can do to make things easier now and in the future

“This is a hidden health issue in our community because many people don’t talk about lung health and their voices aren’t being heard despite affecting one in ten Australians,” Mrs Ram said.

“Lung disease doesn’t discriminate – it affects men and women, young and old, smokers, ex-smokers and people who have never smoked.”

Lung Foundation Australia recently launched a three month ‘Check in with your Lungs’ campaign which encourages people to take an interactive online Lung Health Checklist and prompts them to think about their lung health before issues arise.

To do the online lung health checklist at www.lunghealthchecklist.org.au.

For more information on the regional patient seminar, visit http://lungfoundation.com.au/get-involved/events/.