April 6, 2016

Recognising a lifetime of achievement

Lung Foundation Australia has proudly welcomed four new members to our Lifetime Achievement Award club.

Representing the many different ways people can interact with the Lung Foundation, these recipients have all made significant contributions to helping people living with lung disease across Australia.

COPD National Committee and Lung Foundation Australia Board Member, David Hayne, joined the organisation in 2004 when we were looking for a consumer representative for the COPD coordinating committee.

A consultant pharmacist who cared for his wife who was a COPD patient and lung transplant recipient, David was a consistent advocate for practical actions that would benefit those with lung disease, regularly challenging jargon and or muddled thinking.

In 2012, David was the inaugural chair of the Pharmacy Sub Committee of the COPD National Program and oversaw the development of our first on-line training for pharmacists in risk assessment/screening for COPD in Pharmacy and the pharmacists role in supporting patient self-management

Dr John Litt, GP and 14 year member of lung cancer program, is a keen and well respected clinician, teacher, mentor and researcher.

He was a key member of the team that developed the LFA/Australian Cancer Network – Lung Cancer Clinical Guidelines Advisory Group 2004 including Lung Cancer Clinical guidelines and the first guide for GPs  for the Assessment and Management of Lung Cancer. John conducted the first national survey on attitudes and beliefs to influenza and pneumococcal pneumonia and more recently, shingles.

Addressing bullying as well as domestic violence, John co-authored the first chapter on bullying that appears in the RACGP Abuse and violence monograph and  other key interests include  tobacco control, chronic disease self-management, and men’s health.

Dr Peter Cole, Respiratory Physician and 14 year member of lung cancer program and was an inaugural member of Lung Cancer Consultative Group in 2002 representing thoracic surgeons.

Peter wrote a book that captured the stories of those who were diagnosed with lung cancer, who had surgery and were living well which he used  as a resource for other lung cancer patients facing surgery.

Peter retired from Gold Coast Hospital and the Lung Cancer Consultative Group in 2015 to focus his humanitarian work in Noumea and New Caledonia.

Perth lung cancer patient advocate and fundraiser, Sandy Sampson, has been an amazing supporter of Lung Foundation Australia, especially her diagnosis in July 2011.

Despite the potential for lung cancer to slow her down following t surgery to remove her right lung, Sandy has been a passionate advocate raising awareness of the lack of funding to lung cancer research.

A keen supporter of our Shine a Light on Lung Cancer events, a few years ago Sandy organized and developed a lung cancer fundraising calendar that highlighted the lighter and human side of living with lung cancer.

Thank you to all three for the amazing work and effort these people have given to support helping make lung health a priority for all in Australia.