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December 2016

 





New research and peer-support network for childhood interstitial and rare lung disease

Childhood Interstitial and Diffuse Lung Disease (chILD) is a group of rare diseases that can have profound impact on families and healthcare systems due to disease severity and chronicity. The healthcare burden of chILD is under-recognised, treatment can be highly challenging and there has historically been relatively little research to inform clinical practice. Experts around…

November 28, 2016 at 2:52 pm by Amelia Parsons

Strong evidence for benefits of regular exercise coming to COPD-X Guidelines

The latest update to the COPD-X Plan:  Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for the Management of COPD (COPD-X) will be published in December. The update will include extensive amendments to the sections on physical activity including strong evidence for the benefits of regular exercise in COPD patients. It will also include a discussion on which…

November 28, 2016 at 2:40 pm by Amelia Parsons

Pulmonary rehabilitation baseline data to track growth of the network

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a highly effective evidence-based intervention for people with chronic respiratory disease which have been shown to help people breathe easier, improve their quality of life and stay out of hospital. After completing pulmonary rehabilitation many patients find that they have better health outcomes and can resume activities that they had previously given…

October 14, 2016 at 12:06 pm by Laura Guthrie

Lungs in Action training upgrade ensures best experience for users

Lungs in Action is Lung Foundation Australia’s community-based maintenance exercise program for people with stable chronic lung conditions who have completed a pulmonary rehabilitation program. It is also suitable for people with stable NYHA class II & III heart failure who have completed heart failure rehabilitation. Studies show that people who continue regular exercise are more likely…

October 14, 2016 at 11:56 am by Laura Guthrie

Linking pulmonary rehabilitation and maintenance exercise is key in supporting patient’s journey

New Lungs in Action referral form available to support a quick and seamless transition across continuum of care. The move from pulmonary rehabilitation to community-based pulmonary maintenance exercise, like Lungs in Action, can be difficult for many patients. A new referral form has been created to assist in this transition.  Colac Area Health is a…

October 14, 2016 at 11:53 am by Laura Guthrie

Call for applications for the 2017 COPD and IPF research awards

Applications are now open for several Lung Foundation Australia 2017 research awards worth more than $180,000 covering COPD and IPF research areas. These research awards are an excellent opportunity for graduates, PhD students, and health professionals interested in pursuing research in lung disease. These awards include: Application deadline 31st October, 5pm: Lung Foundation Australia /…

October 14, 2016 at 11:51 am by Laura Guthrie

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…

October 14, 2016 at 11:46 am by Laura Guthrie

Lung Foundation Australia congratulates David Hayne on his lifetime of achievement award

Carer and pharmacist David Hayne is the latest person to be recognised with a lifetime achievement award by Lung Foundation Australia at the 6th Australian Lung Cancer Conference in Melbourne. A COPD National Program member and former Lung Foundation Australia Board Member, Mr Hayne joined the organisation as a consumer representative for the COPD Coordinating…

August 19, 2016 at 4:38 pm by Laura Guthrie

Winners of vital funding for lung cancer research announced at Australian Lung Cancer Conference

Lung Foundation Australia has recognised the vital need for more research into lung cancer with several awards being announced at the Australian Lung Cancer Conference Gala Dinner tonight. The first of eight two year Deep Manchanda Lung Cancer Fellowships, each worth at least $160,000, was awarded to University of Newcastle’s Dr Atiqur Rahman for his…

August 19, 2016 at 12:25 pm by Laura Guthrie

Australian attitudes costing lung cancer patients’ lives

9,000 Australians will die from Australia’s biggest cancer killer in 2016 – equivalent to 25 people each day[i] Australian lung cancer patients have had enough of being stereotyped and deserve the same support as people with other cancers. A new report released today from Lung Foundation Australia highlights how the nation’s negative attitudes and stereotypes…

August 17, 2016 at 3:51 pm by Laura Guthrie

2016 LFA/BI COPD Research Top-Up Grants Winners – Vanessa McDonald & Sabine Zimmermann

Congratulations to Vanessa McDonald and Sabine Zimmermann who have been awarded the Lung Foundation Australia/Boehringer Ingelheim Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Research Top-Up Grants 2016/2017. The grant proudly sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim supports research to improve the diagnosis and management of COPD in Australia. Vanessa’s study will test a new approach to the management of…

August 12, 2016 at 4:47 pm by Laura Guthrie

Save the Date for World COPD Day 2016!

16 November is World COPD Day. You can get involved by holding your own activity to raise awareness about the symptoms, risk factors and management for COPD.  One in seven Australians 40 years or older has COPD and half of those who have progressed to a stage where they are experiencing symptoms will not know…

August 12, 2016 at 4:45 pm by Laura Guthrie

Lung Foundation Australia’s MBS Application for Pulmonary Rehabilitation to be considered by MSAC in November

The next stage of our ongoing work to seek a MBS listing for pulmonary rehabilitation and maintenance exercise is an independent evaluation of both the evidence base and economic strength of our application. The assessment report by the evaluator will be submitted to the 6 – 7 October Evaluation Sub-Committee (ESC) meeting. This will be…

August 12, 2016 at 4:43 pm by Laura Guthrie

Lung Foundation Australia reminds GPs to register for exacerbation prevention program

It’s not too late to register for our Have the CHAT campaign aimed at increasing awareness of COPD exacerbations and promoting best practice management in primary care. The ‘CHAT’ acronym highlights common symptoms associated with a COPD exacerbation: Coughing more than usual Harder to breathe than usual Any change in sputum (phlegm) colour or volume,…

August 12, 2016 at 4:41 pm by Laura Guthrie

New survey will help develop COPD resources for clinicians

How do GPs / GP registrars approach symptom management and palliative care, when caring for patients with severe COPD? A research team from the Royal Melbourne Hospital is conducting a survey to understand how GPs and GP registrars approach symptom management and palliative care, when caring for patients with severe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).…

August 12, 2016 at 4:40 pm by Laura Guthrie

New Lung Cancer Resources Help Health Professionals and Patients Find the Right Path

Directory assists health professionals in appropriate rapid referral Lung Foundation Australia has recently developed the Lung Cancer Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Directory which is a first for clinicians, patients and consumers. MDTs use a collaborative team approach to care, providing access to multiple health professionals (e.g. lung cancer support nurse, medical oncologist and surgeon) throughout the…

August 12, 2016 at 4:31 pm by Laura Guthrie

New Studies Show the Internet Significantly Helps in Treating Cancer Patients

New reports on two web-based cancer initiatives provide fresh evidence for the potential of the internet to give patients more influence over the research and treatment of their diseases. In one study, advanced lung-cancer patients who submitted weekly reports of their symptoms to doctors via a smartphone app lived substantially longer than those who had…

August 12, 2016 at 4:28 pm by Laura Guthrie

Lung Foundation Australia announces two new IPF PhD scholarships

Lung Foundation Australia has announced the winners of two new PhD scholarships worth $180,000 over three years to increase our understanding of a rare and devastating disease called Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). Through the generous support of the Wilson family, together with the Pulmonary Fibrosis Consortium, Lung Foundation Australia is offering seven leveraged PhD scholarships…

June 15, 2016 at 3:23 pm by Laura Guthrie

Calling for GPs to register for our winter COPD exacerbation campaign

GPs are invited to register for our winter campaign to reduce hospitalisations of people with COPD. Based on the success of our pilot in 2015, Lung Foundation Australia is working with eight Primary Health Networks (PHNs) to deliver the campaign. COPD is the second leading cause of preventable hospital admissions in Australia[i].  Each COPD exacerbation…

June 13, 2016 at 11:24 am by Laura Guthrie

Latest COPD-X Guidelines update

The COPD-X Guidelines have recently been updated with the latest version released 2  June, 2016. The update includes changes in the areas of lung volume reduction surgery, lung transplantation and oxygen therapy. Lung Foundation Australia announced the recent update to The COPD-X Plan: Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for the Management of COPD after an…

June 13, 2016 at 11:22 am by Laura Guthrie

Adding life to years: “Super seniors” urged to protect against fatal lung infection

Only one per cent of Australians aged 18–74 understand age-appropriate vaccination is vital to maintaining good health,1 while just 20 per cent of those at most risk of infection have been vaccinated against pneumococcal pneumonia,1 according to new figures set for release today to mark Pneumonia Awareness Week (May 9-15, 2016). Lung Foundation Australia’s ‘Breathe…

May 10, 2016 at 4:20 pm by Laura Guthrie

Abstract deadline extended for the 6th Australian Lung Cancer Conference

The deadline for abstracts for the 6th Australian Lung Cancer Conference (ALCC) has been extended to Wednesday, 4th May 2016. For information on topics and abstract submission forms, visit our website by clicking here. Successful applicants will be notified on Friday, 27th May 2016. Travel grants are also available to those submitting an abstract and close on the same…

April 18, 2016 at 9:59 am by Laura Guthrie

Advanced COPD research captured on video

Research is one of the most effective ways to improve the prevention, detection, treatment and management of lung disease. Lung Foundation Australia’s Board has identified the need to address the critical underfunding in this area as a key priority, both through our advocacy and fundraising activities. We’ve set the ambitious goal that by 2020 we…

April 18, 2016 at 9:34 am by Laura Guthrie

Accredited training for GPs on the latest in COPD management

COPD remains a chronic disease which is largely underdiagnosed and misdiagnosed. We try to make it easy for GPs to keep abreast of the latest information around the diagnosis and management of patients with COPD. Lung Foundation Australia has developed an Active Learning Module (ALM) for General Practitioners (GPs) to increase their knowledge, confidence and…

April 18, 2016 at 9:24 am by Laura Guthrie

Experts join forces to clear Australia’s air

Leading Australian experts joined forces to establish an alliance of academics, doctors and lawyers to tackle the unseen and often poorly understood impact of air pollution on health in Australia. The inaugural National Air Quality and Health meeting highlighted the challenges in effectively communicating research finding on the health effects of air pollution to the…

April 15, 2016 at 3:31 pm by Laura Guthrie

Now recruiting for the first intake of Asbestos Related Disease Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma Online Nurse Education Program

Australia has one of the world’s highest rates per capita of malignant pleural mesotheliomaii, an asbestos-related lung disease, with numbers expected to rise between now and 2020. It can take 20 to 40 years for asbestos-related lung disease to develop although exposure to asbestos fibres does not always result in an asbestos-related diseaseiii. Given the…

February 16, 2016 at 11:15 am by Laura Guthrie

Health professionals and community groups CHAT to help keep patients with COPD out of hospital

Lung Foundation Australia is considering a broader rollout of its ‘Have the CHAT’ campaign this year following a successful pilot that saw unprecedented collaboration between health professionals and community organisations. The Lung Foundation, with sponsor AstraZeneca, worked together with Primary Health Networks (PHNs), hospitals, health professionals and community organisations in six regions across Australia to…

February 16, 2016 at 11:11 am by Laura Guthrie

Phone line offers advanced care planning and palliative care advice

Do any people you care for have pain relief, comfort care or palliative care needs? Are there times when you don’t know what to do to assist them? Have you had a case conference with a patient/client and family about advance care planning? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, Decision Assist can…

February 15, 2016 at 2:30 pm by Laura Guthrie

New accredited GP training module aims to improve management of patients with COPD

Lung Foundation Australia has developed an Active Learning Module (ALM) for General Practitioners (GPs) to increase their knowledge, confidence and skills in the diagnosis and management of patients with COPD. Worth 40 category 1 points, the RACGP QI and CPD accredited activity for the 2014-2016 Triennium will be held on at three conferences during 2016.…

February 15, 2016 at 2:26 pm by Laura Guthrie

The European Bronchiectasis Registry protocol published in ERJ Open Research

The Australian Bronchiectasis Registry (ABR) was acknowledged in a recent paper, The EMBARC European Bronchiectasis Registry: protocol for an international observational study, published in ERJ Open Research, a new online and open access research journal, by the European Respiratory Society. The principal investigator group for the Australian Bronchiectasis Consortium (ABC) chaired by A/Prof Lucy Morgan…

February 15, 2016 at 2:18 pm by Laura Guthrie

COPD Guidelines Update Includes New COPD Therapies

New therapies for the management of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) have been highlighted in the latest update of the COPD-X Guidelines. Lung Foundation Australia announced the recent update to The COPD-X Plan: Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for the Management of COPD after an extensive review of the published evidence in COPD up to…

February 3, 2016 at 4:55 pm by Laura Guthrie

New series of patient videos aims to improve inhaler device technique

Research tells us that up to 90% of patients with a lung condition are not using their respiratory inhaler device correctly meaning the medicines are not reaching the site of action in the lungs. During the past two years there has been a significant influx of new medicines for COPD. In 2014 alone there were…

December 2, 2015 at 9:19 am by Laura Guthrie

Lungs in Action goes to university

Exercise maintenance classes for people managing COPD and heart failure Lungs in Action is a community-based exercise maintenance program developed by Lung Foundation Australia in conjunction with a committee of experts in pulmonary rehabilitation. It aims to increase access to maintenance exercise classes for people after they have completed pulmonary or heart failure rehabilitation. Currently…

December 2, 2015 at 8:51 am by Laura Guthrie

Link between vaping and hypersensitivity pneumonitis presented at CHEST

E-cigarettes have become a popular alternative to smoking, however their potential adverse health effects are not completely understood. Good, Bad, and Ugly on Vaping was presented at the 81st CHEST Annual meeting in late October and discussed a patient who had no significant medical history and developed hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP) as a result of e-cigarette use.…

December 2, 2015 at 8:51 am by Laura Guthrie

Help us better understand how doctors approach symptom management in COPD: Breathlessness survey

Article submitted by Dr Natasha Smallwood (Respiratory Physician – The Royal Melbourne Hospital) Breathlessness is a common symptom affecting up to 98 per cent of people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Breathlessness may occur on minimal exertion despite optimal treatment of the COPD. The consequent symptom burden for people with COPD and their families…

December 2, 2015 at 8:35 am by Laura Guthrie

Government says no to lung cancer screening in Australia

Lung Foundation Australia notes the Australia Government’s current decision not to introduce a national lung cancer screening program due to several unresolved issues and questions around implementation. The Lung Foundation agrees that the evidence is still unresolved, however it was important that issues like screening remained on the agenda and that Government continue reviewing the…

November 20, 2015 at 8:59 am by Laura Guthrie

More lung cancer research funding needed to save lives

Lung Foundation Australia put the focus on lung cancer research with the launch of four lung cancer research grant opportunities worth $230,000 to top-up existing research and to seek Australian Universities to express their interest in leveraging and co-funding PhD Scholarships. Co-funding with Australian Universities opens additional research opportunities with three PhD scholarships in lung…

November 17, 2015 at 2:22 pm by Laura Guthrie

Get Involved This Lung Health Awareness Month

Every day we breathe about 22,000 times. However, most of us never stop to think about our breathing, it’s just something we do. We know that more than 50% of all Australians rarely or never think about the health of their lungs.i It’s time Australians started taking the health of their lungs as seriously as…

October 27, 2015 at 12:05 pm by Laura Guthrie

Clinical Audit Tool on COPD Action Plans Earns Category 1 Points

A COPD Action plan guides patients in recognising when their symptoms change and what action they should take. Many people with COPD currently do not have a COPD Action Plan. Self-management plans involving written action plans for exacerbation management, education and counselling strategies which incorporate disease and symptom management, emotional support, problem solving and decision…

October 27, 2015 at 11:48 am by Laura Guthrie

Have Your Say! COPD-X Guidelines Feedback Survey

The COPD-X Guidelines Committee is the hardworking group behind the COPD-X Plan: Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for the Management of COPD.  This multidisciplinary committee meets four times a year to review the latest evidence for COPD diagnosis and management. This ensures these are one of the most up-to-date guidelines available. But things can only…

October 27, 2015 at 11:42 am by Laura Guthrie

Lung Foundation Australia launches International Thoracic Alliance for Cancer Trials (TACT) at World Lung Cancer Conference

The Thoracic Alliance for Cancer Trials (TACT) was officially established on 6 September, during the 16th World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC) in Denver, Colorado. Representatives from more than 20 national and trans-national thoracic oncology clinical research groups attended the meeting where the formation of TACT was announced by Professor Paul Mitchell, ALTG President and…

October 27, 2015 at 11:41 am by Laura Guthrie

Asbestos-Related Lung Disease and Pleural Mesothelioma Training Video Now Available

Lung Foundation Australia hosted and filmed an Asbestos-Related Lung Disease Workshop in Sydney in June 2015 which is now available online. This workshop aimed to inform and educate health professionals about best practice in the diagnosis, treatment and referral pathways of asbestos-related lung disease and quality care for those affected by an asbestos-related lung disease with…

October 27, 2015 at 11:40 am by Laura Guthrie

CPD Points Increased for Asbestos-Related Disease/Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma Online Nurses Education Program

Lung Foundation Australia’s Asbestos-Related Disease/Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma (ARD/MPM) Online Nurses Education Program has been re-evaluated by the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) and allocated 18 CPD hours. Previously this online training program was allocated 9.5 CPD points. The ARD/MPM Nurse Education Program has been designed to help nurses develop an understanding of best practice care…

October 27, 2015 at 11:39 am by Laura Guthrie

Save the Date – Australian Lung Cancer Conference 2016

It gives Lung Foundation Australia great pleasure to announce the 6th Australian Lung Cancer Conference (ALCC) will be at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from Thursday 18 to Saturday 20 August 2016. ALCC will provide a platform to hear and discuss updates on the latest in diagnosis, treatment and care for lung cancer and…

October 27, 2015 at 11:32 am by Laura Guthrie

Register Now to Receive Updates on the Australian Bronchiectasis Registry

The Australian Bronchiectasis Registry (ABR) is a non-commercial research project initiated by a group of Respiratory Specialists together with Lung Foundation Australia. The aim of the Registry is to identify and collect health information from patients with non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis in order to aid research into the causes, treatment and potentially a cure/vaccination for this…

October 27, 2015 at 11:26 am by Laura Guthrie

PBS Post-Market Review of COPD Medicines – Opportunity to Comment on Draft Terms of Reference

Lung Foundation Australia will comment of the Draft Terms of Reference for a post-market review of COPD medicines listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). We welcome the intention to conduct a review and will advocate that the focus should be on the quality use of medicines. This will ensure the review provides the opportunity…

October 27, 2015 at 11:19 am by Laura Guthrie

Help us Widen Access to Pulmonary Rehabilitation Through Medicare

You will be aware of the significant benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation and ongoing exercise maintenance for those with COPD and other chronic lung diseases. That’s why Lung Foundation Australia has applied to the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) for pulmonary rehabilitation programs and follow-up pulmonary maintenance exercise (PME) programs to be subsidised on the Medicare…

October 27, 2015 at 10:44 am by Laura Guthrie

Lung Foundation Australia Appoints New Chair

Lung Foundation Australia is pleased to confirm Professor Christine Jenkins has been appointed as our new Chairman at the National Board meeting on 16 October. Professor Jenkins has been a long term supporter of Lung Foundation Australia at both a Board and Committee level. She has had major roles in advocacy and leadership for lung…

October 27, 2015 at 10:41 am by Laura Guthrie

UNSW study finds flu jab provides significant protection against heart attacks

If you’re over 50 and get the flu jab, you’ll not only help to keep the dreaded lurgy at bay but you could also reduce your risk of a heart attack. That is the advice of UNSW researchers after their study estimated a vaccine effectiveness of 29% in preventing heart attacks which is on par…

August 27, 2015 at 8:42 am by Laura Guthrie

Shining a light on lung cancer inequities and care

November is International Lung Cancer Awareness Month and we want you to host a Shine a light on lung cancer awareness event this year within your workplace. Our shine a light on lung cancer events bring together survivors, patients, their family and friends, health professionals, clinicians, and researchers as one resilient voice to support more research…

August 25, 2015 at 11:44 am by Laura Guthrie

Changes to medications lead COPD-X guideline update

COPD-X Update and New Look New medicines and changes to oral corticosteroid and antibiotic prescription. The COPD-X Plan: Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for the Management of COPD V2.42 reflects the published evidence in COPD up until May 2015.  This full version of the COPD-X Guidelines can be reviewed online or users can register to…

August 25, 2015 at 11:07 am by Laura Guthrie

New project manager appointed to create a new Australian Bronchiectasis Registry

Lung Foundation Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Bronchiectasis Project Manager, Dan Jackson. Dan is currently working alongside the Principal Investigator Group on the Australian Bronchiectasis Registry (ABR) development, with an upcoming launch planned for early 2016. The ABR will act as web-based registration and data collection platform available initially to…

August 25, 2015 at 11:04 am by Laura Guthrie

Evidence on new anti-fibrotic medications included in international respiratory societies’ clinical IPF treatment guideline update

Lung Foundation Australia welcomes the updated guidelines on the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis published by an international group of respiratory societies. These guidelines are important as they include the evidence on new anti-fibrotic medications and recent findings about other treatments. With the anticipated introduction of these anti-fibrotic medications in Australia it is important that…

August 25, 2015 at 10:50 am by Laura Guthrie

Last chance to reserve your early-bird rate for the Australian Rare Lung Disease Short Course

Early Bird registration for the 2nd Biennial Australian Rare Lung Disease Short Course (ARLDSC) 2015 has been extended to 1 September 2015. Be sure not to miss out on this reduced ARLDSC 2015 registration rate by registering now as this rate cannot be extended any further. ARLDSC 2015 which will be held on Friday 16 to…

August 25, 2015 at 10:40 am by Laura Guthrie

New grants promote women leaders in the health care sector

Following an overwhelming response from health care sector women to a preliminary release of National Industry Scholarship Grant initiative in March this year, the initiative will now be rolled out nationally throughout 2015 and 2016. From 1 July 2015, the initiative provides grants for leadership development for women in the health care sector. Grant applications are…

August 25, 2015 at 10:36 am by Laura Guthrie

New research fund to support translational research in bronchiectasis

Lung Foundation Australia has created a special research fund in memory of Dr David Serisier. Dr Serisier was a passionate advocate, a caring healer, and a dedicated researcher with an impressive international reputation.  He left behind a legacy of dedication and work for people with respiratory and lung disease which Lung Foundation Australia will continue…

August 25, 2015 at 10:20 am by Laura Guthrie

Lung Cancer Support Nurse Appointed

Lung Foundation Australia is thrilled to announce the appointment of Claire Mulvihill to the newly created position of Lung Cancer Support Nurse. This position is made possible through a successful application under the 2015 Supporting People with Cancer Grant, funded by Cancer Australia. Claire will be available to provide telephone support and information to patients and…

August 20, 2015 at 11:44 am by Laura Guthrie

Lung Foundation Australia wants improved health care access for chronic lung disease patients

Lung Foundation Australia has called for greater community-based care models as part of a submission to a federal inquiry into chronic disease prevention and management. Lung Foundation Australia CEO Heather Allan said chronic lung diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchiectasis and interstitial lung diseases, were major contributors to disability, premature mortality and…

August 7, 2015 at 10:16 am by Mariano Aran

ANZ-LCNF Steering Committee Vacancies – Qld, ACT, SA and Rural/Remote/Indigenous

The Australia and New Zealand Lung Cancer Nurses Forum (ANZ-LCNF) is a special interest group for nurses who care for lung cancer patients and their families. Membership is free and open to all nurses in a nursing, academic or research role and who have a special interest in lung cancer or mesothelioma. ANZ-LCNF Chair, Mary…

June 15, 2015 at 9:23 am by Laura Guthrie

Asbestos update

Enrolments now open for the Asbestos-Related Disease/Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma (ARD/MPM) Online Nurse Education Program The ARD/MPM Nurse Education Program has been designed by Lung Foundation Australia to help nurses develop an understanding of best practice care for patients with ARD/MPM. The program combines online and practical education and students will be supported by a Nurse…

June 15, 2015 at 9:14 am by Laura Guthrie

COPD Update

New Patient Program: C.O.P.E. – COPD.Online.Patient.Education C.O.P.E.  – COPD. Online. Patient. Education is a new, free web-based resource for patients (and their carers) that enables patients to complete the educational component of pulmonary rehabilitation from the comfort of their own home. Pulmonary rehabilitation programs generally consist of 6-8 weeks of exercise and education. These sessions are evidence-based…

June 15, 2015 at 9:00 am by Laura Guthrie

Increasing Physical Activity and Exercise in Lung Cancer: Reviewing Safety, Benefits, and Application

Abstract: Lung cancer continues to be a difficult disease, frequently diagnosed in late stages with a high mortality and symptom burden. In part because of frequent lung comorbidity, even lung cancer survivors often remain symptomatic and functionally limited. Though targeted therapy continues to increase treatment options for advanced-stage disease, symptom burden remains high with few…

June 15, 2015 at 8:54 am by Laura Guthrie

New drug listing treats rare life-threatening lung cancer

The Federal Minister for Health Sussan Ley recently announced that Crizotinib would be listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme (PBS) from 1 July through a Managed Entry Scheme that would speed up access for patients with the highest need for treatment. Ms Ley said Crizotinib (Xalkori®) was used to treat anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK)-positive non-small cell lung…

June 15, 2015 at 8:45 am by Laura Guthrie

National ‘Just One Breath’ Competition Launched

Grand Prize of $5,000 for the most inspirational entry The search is on for ‘Just One Breath’ heroes. Lung Foundation Australia has launched a national competition, looking for creative interpretations that will inspire Australians on the power of breath. The competition aims to inspire Aussies to think about their lungs, and create stories that can…

June 12, 2015 at 2:33 pm by Laura Guthrie

Poster Abstracts closing soon – 2nd Biennial rare Lung Disease Short Course

Sydney on 16 and 17 October 2015 Authors are invited to submit poster abstracts by 29 June 2015 for consideration by the scientific program committee at the 2nd Biennial Australian Rare Lung Disease Short Course 2015. There will be an award of $500 for best scientific poster and an award of $500 for best clinical poster. Also,…

June 4, 2015 at 4:44 pm by Laura Guthrie

Inhaler device fact sheets

Research shows that up to 90% of Australians with a respiratory condition are not using their inhaler devices correctly. There are a number of different devices available and many patients will be using more than one device which can increase the risk of error. Using an inhaler device is a skill and to deliver the…

April 21, 2015 at 3:49 pm by Laura Guthrie

Lung Foundation Australia talks to Health Professionals about Asbestos

Australia has one of the world’s highest rates of malignant pleural mesothelioma per capita, an asbestos-related lung disease, with numbers expected to rise between now and 2020.i Lung Foundation Australia and the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA) are hosting a series of free workshops for health professionals including GPs, nurses and allied health about…

April 21, 2015 at 3:47 pm by Laura Guthrie

Recognising Our Hardworking Volunteers and Research Award Winners

Lung Foundation Australia presented their 2015 Research Awards at the Annual Scientific Meeting of The Australia and New Zealand Society of Respiratory Science (ANZSRS) and The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) in March. One of the conference highlights was the Lung Foundation Australia Dinner where we recognised those volunteers who have made…

April 21, 2015 at 3:43 pm by Laura Guthrie

Registration now open – 2nd Biennial Australian Rare Lung Disease Short Course

Registrations are now open for the biannual Australian Rare Lung Disease Short Course 2015 which is in Sydney on 16 and 17 October. The one and a half day short course, a joint venture between Lung Foundation Australia and the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ), will provide updates on the latest in…

April 21, 2015 at 3:41 pm by Laura Guthrie

What’s new in smoking cessation?

Plain packaging and e-cigarettes are the big topics in smoking cessation this edition. In March, Ireland passed plain packaging legislation and similar legislation was passed by the UK House of Commons. Singapore has also announced a public consultation on plain packaging.1 The House of Lords passed it into law in the UK and Norway released…

April 21, 2015 at 3:39 pm by Laura Guthrie

Polysaccharide conjugate vaccine against pneumococcal pneumonia in adults study in the New England Journal of Medicine

Pneumococcal polysaccharide conjugate vaccines prevent pneumococcal disease in infants, but their efficacy against pneumococcal community-acquired pneumonia in adults 65 years of age or older is unknown. In a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine PCV13 has been proven to be effective in preventing vaccine-type, pneumococcal, bacteremic, and non-bacteremic community-acquired pneumonia and vaccine-type…

April 21, 2015 at 3:22 pm by Laura Guthrie

Short window remaining to get flu shot this year

With winter coming, it is important health professionals keep up-to-date with the some of the latest vaccination research and information available. The government-funded flu vaccine for at-risk groups is now available, a month later than usual, due to manufacturing delays with incorporating two new strains into the vaccine. The Influenza Specialist Group (ISG) is warning…

April 21, 2015 at 3:03 pm by Laura Guthrie

TSANZ Annual Scientific Meeting

Lung Foundation Australia will once again be heavily involved at the Annual Scientific Meetings of The Australia and New Zealand Society of Respiratory Science (ANZSRS) and the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) in March. Attendees are invited to drop by our booth to find out more information about the resources, education materials,…

March 12, 2015 at 2:56 pm by Laura Guthrie

MedAdvisor: A New Virtual Pharmacist

MedAdvisor puts a virtual pharmacist on your patients’ phone or computer. This new, free software connects your patients with their local pharmacy to help them manage their medicines and ensures they take them safely, effectively and on-time. MedAdvisor is available whenever needed via their mobile or computer. It provides an automatic list of all their…

March 12, 2015 at 2:54 pm by Laura Guthrie

Have you Talked with Patients About Their Lung Age?

Motivate patients to quit smoking Research shows that talking with patients about their ‘Lung Age’ motivates them to quit smoking. Lung Foundation Australia has a ‘Lung Age Estimator’ available for health professionals to use in their conversations with smokers as part of the recently updated Primary Care Respiratory Toolkit. By entering a patient’s age, height,…

March 12, 2015 at 2:51 pm by Laura Guthrie

New Medicines for the Management of COPD and COPD-X Guidelines Update

COPD Online Training In 2014, there was an explosion of new medicine for the management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Overall, there were six new medicines and two new inhaler devices released onto the market. To assist health professionals working with patients with COPD to support their patients, Lung Foundation Australia has updated the…

March 12, 2015 at 2:34 pm by Laura Guthrie

Dodge the winter ‘cold’ with a ‘flu jab

Lung Foundation Australia dismissed anti-vaccination lobby concerns about this year’s ‘flu vaccination and encouraged people to ‘have the jab’ as soon as it was available. Lung Foundation Australia CEO Heather Allan said in 2011-12 more than 4,000 people were hospitalised because of influenza, resulting in more than 15,000 patient days spent in hospitali. “With winter…

March 12, 2015 at 1:57 pm by Laura Guthrie

Save the date – 2nd Biennial Australian Rare Lung Disease Short Course

Sydney – 16 and 17 October 2015 Following the success of the first Australian Rare Lung Disease Short Course in 2013, Lung Foundation Australia is proud to confirm the Australian Rare Lung Disease Short Course will now be a biennial event. The one and a half day short course, a joint venture between Lung Foundation Australia and…

March 12, 2015 at 12:50 pm by Laura Guthrie

Just One Breath can help address Lung Disease in Australia

On average people take 28,800 breaths a day, yet this simple and easy act is often taken for granted. Yet millions of Australians are affected by lung disease every day. To start this important conversation about our lung health, Lung Foundation Australia has joined with several well-known Australians who have shared their story about what Just…

November 27, 2014 at 3:43 pm by Laura Guthrie

Research awards available for chronic lung diseases

Lung Foundation Australia has several 2015 Research Awards available including top-up grants and fellowships. Two of these Research Awards close in the middle of December 2014 so go online to ensure you don’t miss out. For more information including conditions, eligibility, timelines and applications click here.

November 27, 2014 at 3:39 pm by Laura Guthrie

Wall chart provides easy guide to new COPD medicines and inhalers

A wall chart has been developed featuring inhalers and medicines for COPD to help health professionals quickly and easily identify different options. More COPD medicines are anticipated over the next 12 months, so keep up to date by visiting the general practice page.

November 27, 2014 at 3:36 pm by Laura Guthrie

Australian Lung Cancer Conference – day in review

Last month, Lung Foundation Australia hosted the 5th Australian Lung Cancer Conference in Brisbane with seven international keynote speakers and over 450 delegates, representing a multidisciplinary clinical audience. The ALCC 2014 program was an exciting combination of science, technology, research and supportive care. The program featured concurrent oral and poster sessions, breakfast-lunch industry sponsored symposiums,…

November 27, 2014 at 3:35 pm by Laura Guthrie

Pharmacy screening may hold the key to better results for COPD patients

A recent UK study from the UK showed more than half the people who participated in a COPD in pharmacy screening activity were identified as being at higher risk of COPD. If implemented nationally in Australia, COPD Pharmacy Screening has the potential to produce significant benefits to patients and cost-saving to the health system. The…

November 27, 2014 at 3:33 pm by Laura Guthrie

New global atlas to put lung cancer impact on the map

This November, the Global Lung Cancer Atlas was launched by the Global Lung Cancer Coalition – a new online interactive tool that brings together the latest published information about lung cancer’s impact on a global platform and includes every country where data exists. Lung Foundation Australia is a proud member of the Global Lung Cancer…

November 27, 2014 at 3:30 pm by Laura Guthrie

New COPD-X Concise Guide for Primary Care

Lung Foundation Australia has launched new guidelines to help primary care health professionals diagnose and manage COPD. The new COPD-X Concise Guide for Primary Care assists GPs, nurses and the general practice team in the management of patients with COPD. It is available as a fully searchable pdf document with internal hyperlinks to assist navigation. Recommendations…

November 27, 2014 at 3:29 pm by Laura Guthrie

International guests feature at Australian Lung Cancer Conference

Lung Foundation Australia is excited to present and host the 5th Australian Lung Cancer Conference (ALCC) at the Brisbane Convention Centre, Queensland from 16 to 18 October, 2014. The conference provides a forum to raise and discuss issues relating to optimal lung cancer care, right care – right time – right place in a multi-disciplinary…

September 15, 2014 at 8:43 am by Laura Guthrie

Research Awards

The 2015 Lung Foundation Australia Research Awards applications will be opened on Friday, 12 September 2014. The application period closes on Monday, 3 November 2014. For more details including conditions, eligibility, timelines and applications click here.   Lung Foundation Australia / Boehringer Ingelheim Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Research Fellowship 2015/2016 Lung Foundation Australia / Boehringer Ingelheim…

September 15, 2014 at 8:43 am by Laura Guthrie

Lung Foundation Australia Resources

Lung Foundation Australia has a number of resources available for patients and health professionals to support people with lung disease. Download the flyer below.

September 15, 2014 at 8:39 am by Laura Guthrie

Lung Foundation Australia clinical training helps health professionals deliver best-practice services

COPD Nurse Online Training This highly regarded training for primary care nurses consists of ten learning modules including a framework where learning objectives are outlined, content delivered and practice quizzes are presented. Some of these modules are split into multiple parts. For more information click here < http://lungfoundation.com.au/health-professionals/training-and-education/copd-nurse-training-online/>  or to buy the training online click here …

September 15, 2014 at 8:32 am by Laura Guthrie

One night, one breath, one chance to join us

Save the date! The Inaugural One Breath Gala Dinner – 1 November 2014 will be held at the Australian Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, Sydney. Lung Foundation Australia is pleased to announce our Inaugural Gala Dinner and the launch of an exciting new health promotion initiative: mixing the ordinary with the extraordinary to highlight that the…

September 15, 2014 at 8:32 am by Laura Guthrie

Health professionals lead the way in World COPD Day activities

One in seven Australians 40 years or older has COPD and half of those who have progressed to a stage where they are experiencing symptoms will not know that they have it.[1],[2] November 19 is World COPD Day and the Lung Foundation will be raising awareness of the prevalence and impact of COPD. Lung Foundation Australia…

September 15, 2014 at 8:32 am by Laura Guthrie

COPD-X Concise Guide

The COPD-X Concise Guide for Primary Care is being launched in November.  This 40 page, easy-to-read resource summarises the full COPD-X guidelines for the primary care setting.   It will be available as a searchable pdf document and there will be a short print run for the first version.  Register now to ensure you receive your…

September 15, 2014 at 8:31 am by Laura Guthrie

Community exercise program gets patients’ Lungs in Action

Lungs in Action has more than 60 locations running in seven out of eight Australian states and territories? Offering more than 90 weekly classes! Lung Foundation Australia continues to collaborate with Pulmonary Rehabilitation programs and local community exercise providers to ensure that people completing Pulmonary and Heart Failure Rehabilitation have a safe and effective ongoing…

September 15, 2014 at 8:31 am by Laura Guthrie

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Networks Health Professionals

With more than 170 members, including 22 state representatives, the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Network continues to be a useful clinical resource for any health professional involved in Pulmonary Rehabilitation. A key objective is to provide a coordinated and responsive forum to promote and support increased access to evidence-based, best practice Pulmonary Rehabilitation and maintenance exercise. Some…

September 15, 2014 at 8:30 am by Laura Guthrie

New COPD Medicines captured in useful COPD decision support tool

So far this year there have been three new medicines released for patients with COPD. These include: Glycopyrronium bromide (Seebri), once daily LAMA Aclidinium bromide (Bretaris), twice daily LAMA. The Genuair is the inhaler device for Bretaris. To view the inhaler device video contact Judy on 1800 654 301 or enquiries@lungfoundation.com.au. Indacaterol/glycopyrronium bromide (Ultibro), once…

September 15, 2014 at 8:30 am by Laura Guthrie

Clinical trials results suggest medicines could slow IPF progression

Lung Foundation Australia and the Australian IPF Registry Steering Committee welcomed the findings of two major studies released at the American Thoracic Society 2014 Congress in San Diego in April, which showed IPF could be successfully treated with new medicines that slow disease progression. The results of the INPULSIS and ASCEND trials were not only of academic…

September 15, 2014 at 8:28 am by Laura Guthrie

Opinion Piece

The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of Lung Foundation Australia. Spirometry in General Practice – It’s all about having fun Associate Professor Ian Charlton, GP, Kincumber, NSW General Practice is lots of things, but one of the main attractions is the challenge of solving problems, sorting…

September 15, 2014 at 8:25 am by Laura Guthrie

Health professionals urged to “Start the conversation” with smokers about quitting

Smoking is the most significant preventable cause of death and disease in Australia. Advice from a health professional is one of the most effective ways to encourage people to quit: one in every 33 conversations will lead to a patient successfully quitting smoking. [1] “Start the Conversation”, led by the Alfred Health and funded by…

September 15, 2014 at 8:24 am by Laura Guthrie

New workshops raise the roof on asbestos-dangers

Lung Foundation Australia has partnered with the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA) to bring greater awareness to health and primary care professionals and the general community about asbestos safety and asbestos-related lung diseases. The 12 month national campaign which started in August 2014 will see the Lung Foundation Australia conduct workshops in each capital…

September 12, 2014 at 4:46 pm by Laura Guthrie

New QLD laws blow away the smoke around e-cigarettes

Lung Foundation Australia welcomed the Queensland Government’s decision to treat e-cigarettes the same as tobacco and other smoking products. In the legislation that went to Parliament on Tuesday 9 September, environmental health officers will regulate the sale and use of e-cigarettes including stiff penalties for retailers who break the rules and an on-the-spot $220 fine…

September 12, 2014 at 4:44 pm by Laura Guthrie