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There may be social and health services that could help you including:

  • Occupational therapy
  • Home care
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation and other exercise or peer support groups
  • Speech pathology
  • Meal delivery services
  • Assistance with the care of your home

Your doctor may also refer you to a palliative care specialist for a needs assessment.

Do you have
difficulties completing daily activities?

(such as showering, toileting, dressing, household tasks and preparing meals)

Mucous, phlegm or blood

If you are coughing up blood, please stop this checklist and seek urgent medical advice

Mucous is produced by the walls of the airways to trap particles in the air you breathe. Tiny hairs line your airways and help move unwanted materials to the mouth where they can be coughed out or blown into a tissue or handkerchief.

Mucous, phlegm or blood

For something kind of gross, mucous does a lot of good. It helps keep germs, dirt, pollen, and bacteria from getting stuck in your lungs. But sometimes mucous doesn't stay put. Luckily, you don’t seem to have to worry about that at the moment.

Are you experiencing
symptoms that are bothering you?

(such as breathlessness, coughing, pain, not sleeping, poor appetite, constipation, fatigue, depression or anxiety)

Breathlessness

Your lungs are amazing. Many people put breathlessness down to being overweight or unfit. Unexplained breathlessness is ‘not’ ok and could indicate you have a problem with your lungs.

Breathlessness

Your lungs work with your brain to help you inhale and exhale more air at a more rapid rate when you're exercising such as running a race. But this should always be temporary and pass quickly when you’ve finished.

Have you been in hospital more frequently recently?

Chest tightness and wheezing

Wheezing is a whistling/fizzing sound from the chest when you breathe out. Wheezing is a classic sign of asthma but viruses can also be a cause of wheezing. Wheezing usually occurs when the flow of air is restricted due to a blockage in the tubes leading to the lungs.

Chest tightness and wheezing

Many people don’t even think about their breathing until they start to experience challenges – in fact people take on average about 23,000 breaths a day – or one breath every three to five seconds.

  • 50 people die each day of lung disease
  • There were 2.6 million cases of lung disease reported in 2007/08 and
  • 14% of all deaths are a result of lung disease
  • Each year, lung disease causes nearly 350,000 hospitalisations
  • Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the second leading cause of avoidable hospitalisation

Do you or your carer need more support?

(such as personal or financial support; support in your home with daily tasks; or community based support services)

Frequent chest infections

Be guided by your doctor, but some general self-care suggestions include:

  • Take any medicines as directed. Even if you feel better, finish your course of antibiotics
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Rest for a few days
  • Prop yourself up on a couple of pillows at night – it will make it easier to sleep
  • Stop smoking
  • Go straight to your local doctor or the nearest hospital emergency department if you have trouble breathing, have a high fever or feel worse

Frequent chest infections

Chest infections can affect people of all ages. Young children and the elderly are most at risk, as well as people who are ill and smokers.

To reduce the risk of spreading the viruses and bacteria that can cause chest infection:

  • cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • regularly wash your hands with soap and warm water
  • throw away used tissues immediately

Would you like more information about your lung disease?

Lung Foundation Australia can assist with the following services:

  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Patient support groups
  • Telephone support
  • Newsletters
  • Disease specific information including fact sheets, brochures and DVDs
  • Patient education
  • COPD Action plans

We value your feedback!


Has this checklist made a difference to your quality of life?
Please check back to share your experiences with us

Thank you for taking the Quality of Life checklist.

Congratulations you have not identified that you have any current unmet needs in your health care.

This may be an indication that you are managing your lung disease and its symptoms well, and receiving great support from your carer, family members and/or peers. We also suggest you check your quality of life again in 3-4 months as your circumstances can easily change.

Why not encourage a friend or family member to take the lung health checklist?

We also suggest you check in again with your lungs in about six months just in case anything has changed.

Thank you for taking the time to visit Lung Foundation Australia’s website and taking part in our online Lung Health Checklist.

You have some symptoms which may be related to lung disease.

We recommend you speak with your doctor about your symptoms, especially if you have been exposed to smoke, dust, gas or fumes.

Please print the letter below which can be used to help guide the conversation.

Lung Foundation Australia oversees a network of self-help patient support groups around the country for people with lung conditions to connect with others for support and to share their experiences.

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Why not encourage a friend or family member to take the lung health checklist?

For more information or to get in touch with a support group, please contact Lung Foundation Australia on 1800 654 301 or by email to enquiries@lungfoundation.com.au.

Thank you for taking the Quality of Life checklist.

You have identified some areas that you could use more information or support.

We recommend you speak with your doctor about your answers and how you are feeling. There may be something that can be offered to you to improve you quality of life and get you back doing the things you enjoy. Together you can identify services or information that may be useful.

Please print the letter below which can help guide the conversation with your doctor.

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For more information please contact Lung Foundation Australia on toll free 1800 654 301 or enquiries@lungfoundation.com.au

Thank you for taking the time to visit Lung Foundation Australia’s website and taking part in our online Lung Health Checklist.

You have some symptoms which may be related to lung disease.

We recommend you speak with your doctor about your symptoms, especially if you have been exposed to smoke, dust, gas or fumes.

Please print the letter below which can be used to help guide the conversation.

Lung Foundation Australia oversees a network of self-help patient support groups around the country for people with lung conditions to connect with others for support and to share their experiences.

For more information or to get in touch with a support group, please contact Lung Foundation Australia on 1800 654 301 or by email to enquiries@lungfoundation.com.au.

Alternatively, leave us a message using the box below.

Note: This checklist was prepared by the Supportive and Palliative Care Advisory Committee for Lung Foundation Australia to promote early discussion of supportive and palliative care services. It is intended to be used as a guide only and is not an authoritative statement. Please consult your doctor for medical opinion or advice.

The results from your Quality of Life Checklist are as follows:

  • Difficultly in completing daily activities such as showering, toileting, dressing, and household tasks, preparing meals
  • Bothering symptoms such as breathlessness, coughing, pain, not sleeping, poor appetite, constipation, fatigue, depression or anxiety
  • More frequent hospitalisations
  • Needing more information about their lung disease
  • Needing more support for themselves and/or their carer
  • Note: This checklist was prepared by the Supportive and Palliative Care Advisory Committee for Lung Foundation Australia to promote early discussion of supportive and palliative care services. It is intended to be used as a guide only and is not an authoritative statement. Please consult your doctor for medical opinion or advice.