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Nominations now open for the 2014 Luminous Award Australia

All print and broadcast journalists from across Australia are invited to enter the 2014 Luminous Award, which recognises outstanding journalism in the field of oncology. The Luminous Award honours journalists who serve the community by providing responsible, accurate and timely information on advances in cancer prevention, research, treatment and patient support. In 2014 the Luminous […]

September 22, 2014 at 9:32 am by Laura Guthrie

Queensland Government to cut the power of e-cigarettes

Lung Foundation Australia welcomes the Queensland Government’s decision to treat e-cigarettes the same as tobacco and other smoking products. In the legislation to go to Parliament today (Tuesday 9 September), the new laws will be enforced by environmental health officers and includes penalties to retailers who break the rules and an on-the-spot $220 fine for […]

September 9, 2014 at 12:06 pm by Laura Guthrie

Second 12.5 Per Cent Tax Rise on Cigarettes Starts

Average Australian smoker will now pay nearly $26,000 over next four years on cigarettes Lung Foundation Australia and the Australian Association of Smoking Cessation Professionals (AASCP) are urging Australia’s approximately three million smokers to consider a ‘second chance’ quit attempt, and avoid the impact of the Government’s tobacco tax increase, which came into effect today.[i] […]

September 1, 2014 at 8:17 am by Laura Guthrie

Roma Street Station checks in with their lungs

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) personnel joined Lung Foundation Australia in encouraging people to look after their lungs. Firefighters from the Roma Street Station in Brisbane recently took a moment out of their busy day to check in with their lungs as part of a national lung health awareness campaign. Lung Foundation Australia’s CEO […]

August 25, 2014 at 9:07 am by Laura Guthrie

Lung Foundation helps educate people about asbestos danger

Lung Foundation Australia joined with the Asbestos and Safety Eradication Agency (ASEA) to help inform Tasmanians about the risks asbestos can pose to their lungs at a special workshop in Hobart on Thursday. Lung Foundation Australia CEO Heather Allan said Australia had one of the highest rates of malignant mesothelioma, a common asbestos-related disease, in […]

August 15, 2014 at 4:22 pm by Laura Guthrie

National Student Volunteer Week – Emilia Pascoe

We have profiled some of our student volunteers as part of National Student Volunteer week (4 – 10 August). Our third student volunteer, Emilia Pascoe, has shared her story with us. Thank you Emilia for generously sharing your story with us and all the work you have done. It is very much appreciated and we […]

August 8, 2014 at 8:40 am by Laura Guthrie

National Student Volunteer Week – Shanti Gautam Uprety

As this week is National Student Volunteer week we have profiled some of our student volunteers. Here is our second volunteer profile from Shanti Gautam Uprety from Nepal. Thank you Shanti for sharing your story with us and for the work you have done so far. We look forward to continuing to work with you! […]

August 6, 2014 at 3:40 pm by Laura Guthrie

Apply for a nursing scholarship for COPD Training

Scholarships to complete Lung Foundation Australia’s COPD Nurse Training Online, can be lodged with the Australian College of Nursing (ACN). COPD Nurse Training online is an interactive training program for primary care nurses providing information on identifying and managing patients with COPD and developing self-management plans with patients. These scholarships are provided through the Nursing […]

August 6, 2014 at 12:24 pm by Laura Guthrie

National Student Volunteer Week – Emma McBride

As part of National Student Volunteer week we have profiled some of our student volunteers. First up, is Emma McBride from Glasgow, Scotland. We would like to say a big thank you to Emma for all of your work throughout the past two months. Here is what Emma said about her time with Lung Foundation […]

August 5, 2014 at 8:28 am by Laura Guthrie

National Student Volunteer Week: 4 – 10 August

Lung Foundation Australia thanks the student volunteers who currently donate their time, skills and support as well as those who have done in the past. Their efforts contribute enormously to the projects they support across the organisation. This year’s National Student Volunteer Week  celebrates, encourages, enables and recognises students who volunteer. This week is also […]

August 4, 2014 at 8:49 am by Laura Guthrie

Novel approach to helping long-term smokers

A novel program to identify and support long-term smokers with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is being trialled by Australian researchers. COPD, a chronic lung condition, is a major public health concern affecting up to 50 per cent of smokers. In its early stages many will be unaware they have the disease. However, people who […]

July 18, 2014 at 3:38 pm by Laura Guthrie

New Rewards Deliver for Members

Lung Foundation Australia is launching a new membership rewards program this month, offering people more benefits to join the organisation. As well as helping the Lung Foundation, Supporting and Health Professional members can now access an expanded suite of benefits including discounts on airline lounge membership programs, shopping, travel and technology products such as e-readers. […]

July 1, 2014 at 9:17 am by Laura Guthrie

Lung Foundation Australia launches e-cigarette position statement

Lung Foundation Australia is strongly urging relevant government agencies to further regulate access to e-cigarette devices and components, nicotine-filled cartridges, and non-nicotine cartridges. Lung Foundation CEO, Heather Allan, said the FDA in America had recently introduced new guidelines and called on the Australian government to follow suit. “At the moment there is confusion around who, […]

June 18, 2014 at 4:34 pm by Laura Guthrie

Lung cancer survivor Archie Roach shines a hopeful light

Australian Indigenous singer and songwriter Archie Roach will be bringing a message of hope to delegates at Cancer Australia’s National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cancer Forum in Brisbane in June. This forum brought together more than 150 health workers/health professionals from around Australia with a special interest in improving Aboriginal cancer outcomes with a […]

June 11, 2014 at 2:17 pm by Damon Cavalchini

Stub out your cigarette on World No Tobacco Day

Lung Foundation Australia wants people to stub out their ciggies on World No Tobacco Day this Saturday. Lung Foundation CEO William Darbishire said people around the globe were encouraged to abstain from all forms of tobacco on May 31st every year. “We know the best thing smokers can do for their health is to quit, […]

May 30, 2014 at 4:55 pm by Laura Guthrie

Call to clear the air around e-cigarettes

Lung Foundation Australia is calling for greater regulation of the growing e-cigarette market in Australia following recent media debate about their benefits. Lung Foundation CEO William Darbishire said the FDA in America had recently introduced new guidelines and called on the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration to follow suit. “At the moment there is confusion around […]

May 30, 2014 at 10:15 am by Damon Cavalchini

Check your quality of life Lung Foundation Australia launches new Palliative Care tool

Lung Foundation Australia is launching a new Quality of Life checklist for patients as a part of National Palliative Care week, 25th – 31st May. This tool facilitates an early conversation between patients and health professionals about their quality of life and supportive and palliative care services. The Quality of Life checklist helps identify whether […]

May 29, 2014 at 8:58 am by Laura Guthrie

Lung Foundation Australia turns over a new leaf with new CEO

Lung Foundation Australia has appointed Mrs Heather Allan as their incoming CEO when the long-serving William Darbishire retires in July. Bringing a wealth of national and international public health communication and issues management experience to the role, Mrs Allan is the Lung Foundation’s Director of Marketing and Health Strategy and was the Foundation’s Director of […]

May 21, 2014 at 9:03 am by Damon Cavalchini

New hope for sufferers of mystery lung disease

Breakthrough medication proven to successfully slow down the progression of a mystery lung disease affecting around 5,000 Australians could be available as early as next year, according to Australian experts involved in landmark research released today. Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) is a rapidly progressive and fatal lung disease that usually occurs in adults over the age of 50.1,2 […]

May 19, 2014 at 7:11 am by Damon Cavalchini

Rekindling your relationship after cancer

Together, Cancer Council NSW and The University of Sydney are working on an exciting new research study for people who have had cancer and their partners. Estimates are that 40-100% of cancer survivors experience negative sexual changes after treatment. Changes to sexuality can lead to distress for patients and their partners, and can greatly impact […]

May 2, 2014 at 8:27 am by Laura Guthrie

Seniors risking ‘golden years’ by not protecting against pneumonia

‘Love Your Lungs at 65 Years Young’ this Pneumonia Awareness Week   Almost two-in-three Australian seniors may be jeopardising their ‘golden years’ by not protecting against an often fatal lung infection, despite being at increased risk.1 Lung Foundation Australia’s ‘Love Your Lungs at 65 Years Young’ research released today reveals 94 per cent of Australians […]

April 30, 2014 at 4:16 pm by Damon Cavalchini

Coral Fuata’s story

My husband, Alex, was a fit and active 55 year old father of our three children and rarely visited the doctor. In 2008 Alex visited the local clinic for what he thought was an infected bite. To make the most of his visit, he asked for a full check-up. His results were completely normal and […]

April 10, 2014 at 12:27 pm by Laura Guthrie

Cancer groups unite to place patients ‘front and centre’ in funding of new medicines

Cancer Drugs Alliance Stakeholder Forum, Canberra 26-27 March – activates new ‘spirit of collaboration’  28th March 2014: With representatives of the Nation’s cancer community coming together for the first time in Canberra this week to discuss future timely and equitable access to new medicines –  Australia’s cancer consumer organisations attending the two day Forum (sixteen […]

March 28, 2014 at 12:58 pm by Laura Guthrie

Lung Foundation Australia educates Townsville on lung health

Lung Foundation Australia is coming to Townsville to help people living with lung disease. The latest ‘Better Living with Your Chronic Lung Disease’ Regional Patient Seminar will be held on Thursday, 27th 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 […]

March 25, 2014 at 3:23 pm by Laura Guthrie

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 […]

March 25, 2014 at 3:16 pm by Laura Guthrie

Call for lung cancer patients to get a fair go

Lung Foundation Australia is calling on the Federal Government to help fix the critical lack of lung cancer specialist nurses, which is short-changing the options for Australian lung cancer patients. Lung Foundation Australia’s Director – Lung Cancer National Program, Glenda Colburn said other cancer groups within Australia had access to specialist nurses and it was […]

March 24, 2014 at 9:52 am by Laura Guthrie

Hank Lizotte – In Memoriam

Lung Foundation Australia has lost one of its great supporters with the passing Hank Lizotte on Friday, 14th March. Hank was a determined person with a strong commitment to family and community values and the healing power of music. Hank and his wife, Theresa, were a great team whose inspiration and determination created the Breath […]

March 19, 2014 at 9:11 am by Laura Guthrie

Aussies urged to check in with their lungs with new website and advertising campaign

Australians are being urged to ‘check in’ with their lungs as a part of a new national awareness campaign. Lung Foundation Australia is kicking off a three month ‘Check in with Your Lungs’ campaign on Sunday (2nd March) with television commercials, outdoor advertising and a new website. Lung Foundation Australia’s Director, Marketing and Health Strategy, […]

March 1, 2014 at 2:05 am by Damon Cavalchini

Lung Foundation Australia urges people to check in with their lungs as Morwell residents advised to leave

Lung Foundation Australia is warning people to look after themselves and be aware of the extra pollutants in the air caused by fires in Morwell, especially if they have existing lung conditions. Respiratory specialist Chris Warsnop said the state’s chief health officer, Rosemary Lester, had advised residents older than 65, younger than five, those who […]

March 1, 2014 at 2:00 am by Damon Cavalchini

A Focus on Lung Cancer WCLC Consumer Forum

Lung Foundation Australia held a consumer forum at the World Conference on Lung Cancer in Sydney on Sunday, 27th October 2013. This was a great opportunity for patients, carers and their families to participate in an informal, question and answer session with World leaders in lung cancer research, treatment, care and advocacy. This forum was […]

February 19, 2014 at 7:52 am by Mariano Aran

Federal Budget 2014-15 Submission

Lung Foundation Australia is seeking funding for a two-year pilot program to provide Lung Cancer Nurses as part of the 2014-15 Federal Budget. While grateful for the steps taken by the Australian Government to support people with cancer in recent years, Lung Foundation Australia believes there is a vital need for lung cancer specific nurses […]

February 6, 2014 at 2:42 pm by Karen Lather

Lung Foundation Australia partners with A Menarini Australia to offer two new grants

Lung Foundation Australia has partnered with Menarini Australia to help support research into lung disease in Australia. Two grants are available offering specific opportunities for medical or scientific graduates and health professionals. 1. COPD Research Top-Up Grant – Up to value of $20,000 Lung Foundation Australia/Menarini Australia Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Research Top-Up Grant 2014 […]

January 7, 2014 at 4:41 pm by Laura Guthrie

Lung Foundation Australia launches National Mesothelioma Nurse Special Interest Group

Lung Foundation Australia is marking Asbestos Awareness Week with the graduation and launch of the Asbestos Related Disease and Pleural Mesothelioma Nurses Special Interest Group (SIG). Pleural Mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lung, accounts for nearly 95% of all Mesothelioma cases in Australia.  Mesothelioma can also occur in the lining of the […]

November 22, 2013 at 3:59 pm by Laura Guthrie

Knocking the Wind out of Australians

More than a million Australians live with a chronic lung disease called COPD. November 20 is World COPD Day when Australia takes a moment to emphasise the positive and meaningful actions people can take to improve their lung health. The Director of Lung Foundation Australia’s National COPD Program Elizabeth Harper said the disease has a […]

November 18, 2013 at 4:30 pm by Laura Guthrie

Miracle baby for lung cancer survivor

Archie Taber is a true miracle baby after a series of ‘remarkable coincidences’ led to his birth. Archie’s mum, Victoria, is a lung cancer survivor whose illness was only picked up when she was about to jet off on a teacher exchange to Canada. In 2009, Victoria and her husband Luke were weeks away from […]

November 14, 2013 at 7:04 pm by Damon Cavalchini

Putting your lungs under the spotlight

Lung disease is often an unspoken issue in Australia with more than six million people living with a long-term, ongoing respiratory condition. November is national lung health awareness month and serves as a time to remind people of the importance of good lung health. Unlike conditions such as breast or skin cancer, research shows many […]

November 8, 2013 at 8:50 am by Laura Guthrie

Check your lungs when you visit the pharmacy

Lung Foundation Australia has teamed up with Healthpoint to make it easy for people to do a simple lung health checklist when they visit their local pharmacy. Using touchscreen units and iPads located at more than 700 pharmacies around Australia, people can fill out a simple yes/no questionnaire about risk factors and symptoms to identify […]

October 31, 2013 at 11:55 am by Laura Guthrie

World Conference on Lung Cancer opening highlights hope

The 15th World Conference on Lung Cancer opened in Sydney with messages of hope and an acknowledgement of the challenges still to be faced. The premier international event which involves more than 5000 doctors, patients, nurses, scientist and people interested in lung cancer was officially opened with a plenary session at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition […]

October 28, 2013 at 8:26 am by Damon Cavalchini

Patients and their families to meet world experts

Australian lung cancer patients, their families and carers and members of the general public will have a rare opportunity to hear from world experts at a special forum in Sydney on October 27.  The interactive forum is part of the 15th World Conference on Lung Cancer which is being held at the Sydney Convention & […]

October 24, 2013 at 2:49 pm by Laura Guthrie

Breathe safely during the bush fire season

Lung Foundation Australia is warning people to look after themselves and be aware of the extra pollutants in the air caused by fires in New South Wales, especially if they have existing lung conditions. People who have poor lung health should try to minimise their exposure to smoke from the fires, make sure their action […]

October 23, 2013 at 10:32 am by Damon Cavalchini

World Health Organisation confirms outdoor air pollution is a leading environmental cause of cancer deaths

Dr Jim Markos, on behalf of Lung Foundation Australia, was interviewed by ABC radio's The World Today about smoke and fumes from power generation, agriculture and transport being officially classed as “carcinogenic”. The transcript and audio of the intreview can be found here. Click here to read the original media release from the World Health Organization's specialized cancer agency, […]

October 18, 2013 at 6:49 pm by Damon Cavalchini

Lung cancer patient/carer events in Sydney in October 2013

Lung Foundation Australia will host two very special events in Sydney for lung cancer patients, their families and carers just prior to the opening of the 15th World Lung Cancer Conference at Sydney Convention Centre on the weekend of 26- 27 October 2013.    We hope that many of you will be able to attend […]

September 30, 2013 at 12:13 pm by Karen Lather

Investigating the symptoms of lung cancer – a Qstream course for GPs

Cancer Australia is delivering a new online lung cancer course for health professionals (GPs and nurses) via the Qstream online learning platform.  It will be of interest to health professionals who want to know more about lung cancer signs and symptoms and the key strategies for promoting early diagnosis and referral of patients who have […]

September 11, 2013 at 1:09 pm by Karen Lather

Lung Foundation Research Awards now open

Lung Foundation Australia has launched its 2014-2015 Research Awards Program. Four research awards are available across several categories, with specific opportunities targeted towards medical or scientific graduates and medical or allied health professionals. The Lung Foundation Australia/Boehringer-Ingelheim Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Research Fellowship provides $80,000 for medical or scientific graduates working on population screening, diagnostic […]

September 9, 2013 at 4:31 pm by Laura Guthrie

New COPD training and support package for pharmacies

Lung Foundation Australia is launching a new training and support program to assist pharmacists in their work with people who have COPD. The comprehensive program including online training, webinars, access to COPD screening devices, and promotional materials for pharmacy will be available from 9 September. Lung Foundation Australia’s Director of the COPD National Program Elizabeth […]

September 6, 2013 at 11:05 am by Laura Guthrie

Making lung health an ‘Abbott’ is ‘Rudd’umentary

With both major parties making the need to address chronic health issues a key part of their health policies, checking your lung health has never been more important. This Father’s Day, Lung Foundation Australia supports families around the country to ‘breathe easy’ and offers a last minute gift idea. Acting CEO Glenda Colburn said if […]

August 31, 2013 at 2:11 pm by Damon Cavalchini

Regional self-management patient project launches in Toowoomba

A new series of DVDs specially designed to help people living with lung disease to better manage their disease, symptoms and treatment will be launched in Toowoomba on Friday 30 August. Lung Foundation Australia’s ‘Better Living with Your Lung Disease’ program support and enable people living with a lung disease through a series of educational […]

August 28, 2013 at 12:49 pm by Damon Cavalchini

Would you like to participate in a clinical trial aimed at relieving the symptom of BREATHLESSNESS?

The Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing has provided funding for a national multisite Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative (PaCCSC). Flinders University, as the coordinating site of the Collaborative is currently funded to undertake a number of clinical drug trials across Australia. A randomised controlled trial of sertraline, an anti-depressant which is also commonly […]

August 13, 2013 at 3:13 pm by Karen Lather

Inaugural rare lung disease short course held in Sydney

An Australian-first gathering of scientists and medical experts in rare lung diseases started in Sydney today at the Intercontinental Hotel. The Rare Lung Disease Short Course was designed to encourage an interactive, multidisciplinary approach with a joint focus on adult and paediatric health. The one and half day is a joint venture between the Thoracic […]

August 9, 2013 at 4:08 pm by Damon Cavalchini

New tobacco tax is an investment in our children’s future

Lung Foundation Australia backs the move to make cigarettes more expensive and encourages any action that makes it harder for children to start smoking. Lung Foundation Australia CEO William Darbishire said they supported good tobacco policy and endorsed increased taxes, which had demonstrated a reduction in the smoking rate and the uptake of smoking. Lung […]

August 1, 2013 at 4:22 pm by Damon Cavalchini

Consultation looks at reducing emissions from wood heaters

Lung Foundation Australia has backed efforts to reduce wood smoke pollution, including a national approach to the management of wood heater emissions. Dr James Markos, on behalf of Lung Foundation Australia, reviewed and submitted his comments on the consultation regulation impact statement (RIS) for reducing emissions from wood heaters to the Secretariat for the Standing Council on Environment […]

July 23, 2013 at 10:56 am by Karen Lather

Lung Foundation Australia launches Australia-first asbestos nurse education pilot program

Lung Foundation Australia has launched a new intensive five month pilot program specially designed to improve how nurses care for patients with asbestos-related diseases (ARD). Lung Foundation Australia CEO William Darbishire said “ten nurses have begun their journey to becoming nurse-leaders and providing world class treatment and management for people with ARD, especially those with […]

July 17, 2013 at 4:24 pm by Damon Cavalchini

Lung Foundation Australia urges governments to save vital community health program

Lung Foundation Australia wants the state and federal governments to stop treating people’s health as a political football and ensure the ongoing sustainability of community-based lung health rehabilitation programs. Lung Foundation Australia’s Elizabeth Harper said chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) was the second highest cause of avoidable hospitalisations. Ms Harper said people with COPD were […]

July 15, 2013 at 7:48 pm by Damon Cavalchini

Lung Foundation Australia is seeking a part-time lung care nurse

Lung Foundation Australia is seeking a part-time (16hrs per week), permanent Lung Care Nurse to join the Brisbane office.    ​Click here for more information

July 8, 2013 at 3:44 pm by Karen Lather

Aboriginal Lung cancer education dvd launched in NAIDOC Week

Lung Foundation Australia in partnership with Hume Regional Integrated Cancer Services launched its first aboriginal lung cancer education dvd “Let's yarn about lung cancer” at the start of NAIDOC Week.  This dvd aims to get people looking out for and listening for signs of lung cancer. Healthy lungs are vital to living a full, healthy […]

July 8, 2013 at 9:25 am by Karen Lather

Attention: Melbourne Students – Apply today to do a COPD Honours Project on “Lung Attack”

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a major cause of death and disability in Australia and internationally.  COPD includes conditions such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema and some forms of chronic asthma.  The Burden of Obstructive Lung Disease (BOLD) study which was recently undertaken in our School and elsewhere around Australia estimated that 7.5% of the […]

June 6, 2013 at 8:56 am by Karen Lather

2013 May 31 – Time To Get Rid Of Tobacco Vending Machines

Time to get rid of Tobacco Vending Machines  World No Tobacco Day call to end exploitation of vulnerable smokers On World No Tobacco Day (May 31)*, health groups are calling on governments to end the selling of tobacco from vending machines. Health groups ASH Australia, Lung Foundation Australia and the Thoracic Society of Australia and […]

May 31, 2013 at 10:54 am by Damon Cavalchini

2013 Nominations Now Open – The Luminous Award Australia

Enlightened, intelligent and inspiring cancer reporting The Luminous Award Australia recognises outstanding journalism in the field of oncology. Hosted by the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia, the Luminous Award honours journalists who serve their readers/viewers by providing responsible, accurate and timely information on advances in cancer prevention, research, treatment and patient support.  The stories the Luminous […]

May 15, 2013 at 11:03 am by Karen Lather

Better Living with Mesothelioma – One Day Nurse Workshop, Sydney 23 May 2013

A ONE DAY WORKSHOP for health professionals who care for Mesothelioma patients…primarily aimed at Nurses. Date: Thursday 23rd May 2013 Time: 9am – 5pm Venue: Australian Technology Park – Locomotive Workshop, 2 Locomotive Street, Eveleigh NSW Room: First Floor, Bay 6B Theatrette Download Program Register Now Understanding the disease and reducing the impact of Mesothelioma on patients, carers […]

May 15, 2013 at 10:19 am by Karen Lather

2013 May 6 – Lung Foundation Australia educates Perth patients on respiratory health

Lung Foundation Australia is coming to Perth.  The 2013 Patient Education Day in Western Australia will be held on Wednesday, 15 May and will cover topics to inform and educate patients and carers living with a lung condition.  The event is also relevant to health professionals working with respiratory patients.   This year, attendees will […]

May 9, 2013 at 9:05 pm by Damon Cavalchini

Test your lungs on the 2013 Tuffy’s Kokoda Challenge

Once again this year Brisbane retiree and fitness enthusiast, Shane Talbot, will take on the iconic Kokoda Track Challenge in honour of his great mate, Peter Tuffield (aka Tuffy), who is battling lung cancer.  Shane is determined to take positive action in the fight against lung cancer and will undertake Tuffy’s Kokoda Trek to raise […]

April 30, 2013 at 9:07 pm by Karen Lather

2013 April 15 – Lung Foundation Australia educates Canberra patients on respiratory health

Lung Foundation Australia is coming to Canberra.  The 2013 Patient Education Day in the Australian Capital Territory will be held on Wednesday, 17 April and will cover topics to inform and educate patients and carers living with a lung condition.  The event is also relevant to health professionals working with respiratory patients.   This year, […]

April 15, 2013 at 11:00 pm by Damon Cavalchini

Dr James Markos makes Senate submission endorsed by Lung Foundation – The impacts on health of air quality in Australia

Dr James Markos, Respiratory Physician based in Tasmania, is Lung Foundation Australia's spokesperson in air quality matters. He has made a submission to the Senate regarding the impacts on health of air quality in Australia, which is endorsed by the Lung Foundation. His submission is number 91 and can be viewed on the Senate's website - http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=clac_ctte/air_quality/submissions.htm  The actual […]

April 15, 2013 at 5:06 pm by Damon Cavalchini

2012 Annual Report is now available

The 2012 Annual report is now available online. Read about what the Lung Foundation achieved throughout 2012 by clicking on the icon below.

March 25, 2013 at 3:42 pm by Damon Cavalchini

2013 March 7 – Future Fund Quits Tobacco

MEDIA RELEASE                                                           Lung Foundation Australia has praised the Future Fund Board of Guardians decision to exclude primary tobacco producers from its investment portfolio. At 31 December 2012 […]

March 7, 2013 at 2:09 pm by Damon Cavalchini

2013 February 18 – Better diagnosis needed for chronic obstructive lung disease

The prevalence of chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) in Australian men is among the lowest in the world, according to a new study published in the Medical Journal of Australia today. The study of over 3000 people aged 40 or over, randomly selected from electoral rolls across six locations, found that 7.5% of participants overall […]

February 18, 2013 at 12:45 pm by Karen Lather

2012 November 14 – Australians urged to Show Us Your Lungs for World COPD Day

The Australian Lung Foundation are calling on Australians to ‘Show Us Your Lungs!’ and start taking lung health seriously because over 30 Australians die from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) each day1. World COPD Day will take place on November 14 this year as part of The Australian Lung Foundation’s lung health awareness month campaign […]

December 28, 2012 at 1:46 pm by Karen Lather

2012 November 13 – Breath of Life 2013

Second round is here and once again BREATH OF LIFE is on top of its game, keeping our promise to deliver the best of the best from all reaches of the universe (ok maybe the globe!) We are so pleased to welcome on board the next stellar additions to BREATH OF LIFE 2013 line up! STEVE AOKI – “I’m […]

December 28, 2012 at 1:45 pm by Karen Lather

Lung Foundation Research Awards Now Open

‘With almost $200,000 to support its 2013-2014 Research Awards Program, Lung Foundation Australia is clearly demonstrating its commitment to reducing the impact of lung disease on the Australian community,’ said Mr William Darbishire, Chief Executive Officer of Lung Foundation Australia. The deadline for nominations for the Awards is 19th November 2012 with presentation to winners at the […]

December 28, 2012 at 1:44 pm by Karen Lather

Charity Cricket Match in Maleny on Saturday 27th October 2012

Maleny District Sport & Recreation Club Inc. will host its annual Charity Cricket match, The Magnificent Maleny Maulers VS Andrew Powell’s Celebrity X1, at 1200pm on Saturday 27th October 2012 at AUB Cork Oval, Maleny Showgrounds in honour of Dr Peter Oliver and to raise funds for The Australian Lung Foundation. A passionate cricket fan, […]

December 28, 2012 at 1:43 pm by Karen Lather

COPD Backgrounder

COPD is a lung disease that affects almost 13% or one in seven Australians 40 or over. 1 7.5% of Australians 40 or over have COPD that has progressed sufficiently to where symptoms may already be present and affecting daily life.  Half of these people will not know they have it.1 COPD is the second leading […]

December 28, 2012 at 1:42 pm by Karen Lather

Closure of QLD Tuberculosis Control Centre

The Australian Lung Foundation writes to express its concern over the closure of the Queensland Tuberculosis Control Centre (Courier Mail Sept 10). Australia has made great strides in almost eliminating tuberculosis deaths in recent decades and the TB Control Centre has been at the forefront of ensuring that Queensland has maintained the lowest rates of […]

December 28, 2012 at 1:41 pm by Karen Lather

And the Gold Stevie® Award goes to…

The Australian Lung Foundation’s ‘Show Us Your Lungs’ media campaign which was launched in October 2011 won a Gold Stevie® Award for the Best Community Program in The 9th Annual International Business Awards. More than 3,200 nominations from organisations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted in a wide range of categories from […]

December 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm by Karen Lather

National Asthma Week 1-7 September 2012

The Australian Lung Foundation supports National Asthma Week which is from 1 – 7 September 2012. Below is a media release from Asthma Australia. If I couldn’t breathe, would you know what to do? Many people with asthma are unaware of Asthma First Aid. People may reach for their reliever medication and take a few puffs, […]

December 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm by Karen Lather

2012 August 23 – Lung Cancer Conference Researches Successful Screening Technique

The Australian Lung Foundation will host the 4th biannual Australian Lung Cancer Conference at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 23 – 25 August. Nearly 500 specialist medical professionals will gather to discuss the latest lung cancer research on how to improve treatments and outcomes. The Australian Lung Cancer Conference aims to provide a forum to raise […]

December 28, 2012 at 1:35 pm by Karen Lather

Submission to the Senate

The Australian Lung Foundation recently sent in a submission to the Senate regarding the inquiry into Government Investment Funds, in particular the Future Fund’s investment in Tobacco companies. The hearing is set for August 8, 2012. All of the submissions can be read at this address -http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=fapa_ctte/ethical_invest_2012/submissions.htm Click on the below links to read the […]

December 28, 2012 at 1:34 pm by Karen Lather

2012 July 30 – Cancer Australia’s Models of Care for Lung Cancer survey

Lung Cancer patients,their families and carers – be part of Cancer Australia’s Models of Care for Lung Cancer survey Have you been affected by lung cancer? Would you like an opportunity to have your say? Cancer Australia’s National Lung Cancer Program is working on projects to improve the lives of Australians with lung cancer. The Models […]

December 28, 2012 at 1:32 pm by Karen Lather

2012 August 20 – Governments urged to follow ACT and drop investment in tobacco

Governments urged to follow ACT and drop investment in tobacco Health leaders have hailed the ACT government decision to exclude investment in tobacco companies, and have urged other Australian governments to follow suit. ACT has become the first Australian government to exclude companies that make cigarettes, cluster bombs or land mines from its government investments. […]

December 28, 2012 at 1:22 pm by Karen Lather

2012 May 31 – World No Tobacco Day – Future Fund

On World No Tobacco Day – It’s Time for the Future Fund to explain its role in the deaths of 40 Australians a day The Australian Future Fund needs to explain its role in the deaths of 40 Australians daily, and why it is helping undermine Australia’s national health policy, according to Mr William Darbishire, […]

December 28, 2012 at 12:29 pm by Karen Lather

Changes to smoking legislation in New South Wales

The Lung Foundation would like to congratulate NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner for announcing a NSW ban on smoking in outdoor eating areas which is being hailed as an historic step. On Tuesday Ms Skinner announced a suite of bans, including new legislation which would immediately stop smoking in playgrounds, public sports grounds, swimming pools, […]

June 27, 2012 at 3:12 pm by Mariano Aran

Have you been diagnosed with lung cancer?

We invite you to be interviewed as part of an important research project called “Lung Cancer Outcomes”. Cancer Council Queensland in collaboration with Cancer Council New South Wales and Griffith University is conducting a new program of research, called “Lung Cancer Outcomes” which is looking at the experiences of people who have been diagnosed with […]

June 27, 2012 at 3:12 pm by Mariano Aran

2011 October – NEW Stepwise Management of Stable COPD Resource

The Australian Lung Foundation has released a new resource designed for general practitioners managing patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Stepwise Management of Stable COPD is a one page graphic summary of evidence-based management interventions for COPD according to level of severity. Based on the COPD-X Plan: Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for the […]

June 27, 2012 at 3:12 pm by Mariano Aran

NEW Mesothelioma Patient Booklet NOW AVAILABLE

Cancer Council Victoria has recently launched a new booklet, Mesothelioma: a guide for people with cancer, their families and friends. A first of its kind in Australia, the booklet takes a comprehensive look at dealing with a malignant diagnosis of mesothelioma, both for people with cancer and their families. Three years in the making, the […]

June 27, 2012 at 3:12 pm by Mariano Aran

Dr Gandara “Shines a Light on Lung Cancer”

International lung cancer expert, Dr David Gandara, who spoke at the Australian Lung Cancer Conference in October 2010, “Shines a Light on Lung Cancer” at the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation’s Living Room Support Group.  Dr Gandara  gives some inspiring views on the care and  treatment of lung cancer patients and his hopes for […]

June 27, 2012 at 3:12 pm by Mariano Aran

COPD Patient Taskforce Member Veronica Kemp nominated

for the 2011 NSW Woman of the Year Awards Veronica Kemp, who suffers from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is the NSW State representative on the COPD Patient Taskforce coordinated by The Australian Lung Foundation.  Veronica is an active advocate for COPD and works tirelessly in her community to raise awareness about COPD, its symptoms, prevalence […]

June 27, 2012 at 3:11 pm by Mariano Aran

HAVE YOUR SAY – Treatment for advanced or metastatic non-squamous NSCLC

The Australian Lung Foundation and Cancer Voices Australia have submitted a joint letter of support to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee for the treatment of advanced or metastatic non-squamous NSCLC. The Pharmacuetical Benefits Australia Committee invites consumers to provide short answers to questions about the impact of a particular health problem or disease on the […]

June 27, 2012 at 3:11 pm by Mariano Aran

Every Smoke Brings Cancer Closer Campaign

The message is simple: every cigarette is a step closer to cancer. Emphysema sufferer Mic Roberts, 49, wasn’t lucky enough to have such public health messages around when he decided to start smoking.  He is waiting for a lung transplant having lost 90 per cent of his lung function, and is on oxygen 24 hours […]

June 27, 2012 at 3:11 pm by Mariano Aran

Cyclist Rides Hard to Breathe Easy Again

Karen Munro competes in endurance event for lung cancer. Karen Munro’s feet hardly touched the ground following her “Ride hard to breathe easy” challenge and she had signed up for a 24-hour endurance competition to raise vital lung cancer funds for The Australian Lung Foundation. North Fitzroy’s new fitness workshop The SpinRoom is calling on […]

June 27, 2012 at 3:11 pm by Mariano Aran