April 13, 2015

Lung Foundation Australia to host seminar on the Gold Coast

A free Lung Foundation Australia community seminar will give Gold Coast locals the chance to hear the latest information and practical tips on lung health.

One of the hot topics being discussed at this seminar is the impact of asbestos in the home.

Guest speakers will also discuss how patients can better manage their wellbeing if they are living with a lung disease as well as wider issues like asbestos safety for the general community.

Lung Foundation Australia CEO Heather Allan said lung disease accounted for more than 10% of the overall health burden in Australia.[i]

“One in ten people is affected by lung disease yet many of us continue to take our lungs for granted,” Mrs Allan said.i

“There can be many reasons someone has poor lung health including genetics, poor lung health in childhood, smoking and environmental factors like exposure to dust,” she said.

As a general rule, for buildings or houses built before the mid-1980s, it is highly likely that they may have some asbestos-containing materials.

“This seminar will provide information on asbestos risks and safety including recommendations for the do-it-yourself renovators,” Mrs Allan said.

Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency CEO Peter Tighe said it was important that all regions in Australia had access to these public health initiatives.

“We are excited to partner with Lung Foundation Australia to provide this opportunity to share best practice and strengthen networks to provide greater care and support to victims of asbestos disease and their families,” Mr Tighe said.

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

“We know that helping people to self-manage their disease reduces hospitalisations and improves their quality of life.

“That’s why these seminars boast a fascinating educational program, delivered by local presenters who are experts in their field.

“But this seminar isn’t just for people who have already been diagnosed with a lung disease.

“It will also benefit health professionals working with respiratory patients.”

The seminar will also give people the opportunity to find out more about Lung Foundation Australia, meet with members of our Gold Coast Patient Support Groups, and ask questions of our experts.

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

 

More information

When: Thursday, 30 April 2015
Where: Currumbin RSL, 165 Duringan Street, Currumbin
Time:
9.45am – 1.30pm

Topics covered include:

  • Managing your emotional health
  • Knowing your medications and how to use them correctly
  • Asbestos awareness and safety in the community

RSVP: To book your place phone freecall 1800 654 301.

For more information or the event invitation visit http://lungfoundation.com.au/get-involved/events/.