Research of Interest

Lung Foundation Australia regularly scans other sources to keep up-to-date about developments of interest.

This page brings together some of the interesting and reputable respiratory research being undertaken by external bodies.

A Clinical Trial in COPD

17 January 2017 

A clinical trial to assess the relief of breathlessness using low-dose morphine is currently underway by the Australian Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative (PaCCSC). This study will build on previous work of the Collaborative. It will test how effective different ranges of low-dose morphine capsules taken each morning are when compared with placebo in relieving breathlessness.

The study, led by Professor David Currow, Chief Investigator, Palliative and Supportive Services, Flinders University, is nicknamed BEAMS and is short for Breathlessness, Exertion and Morphine Sulphate.

The BEAMS Study is looking for eligible people with COPD to take part. If you are:

• Breathless doing day-to-day things despite the underlying causes being treated, and
• On stable medications, you may be eligible.

If you live in Adelaide, Sydney, Newcastle, Melbourne, Geelong, Brisbane or Nambour and are willing/able to attend clinic visits, please contact PaCCSC on 08 8275 1926 or email

COPD survey invitation for Allied Health and Respiratory Nurses

9th December 2016 

The research team at the University of Sydney is conducting a survey to understand nurses’ and other allied health professionals’ knowledge and practice around advance care planning in patients with COPD. From the results of this study they hope to develop educational resources to assist health professionals when caring for this patient group.

We invite you to participate in a survey, that should take only 10-15 minutes to complete. Several disciplines are represented in the overall survey, however you will be directed to only those questions relevant to your discipline.

Ethics approval has been granted for this study from the University of Sydney. All responses will be anonymous and confidential. No personal information that could identify you is being collected and your email address will not be linked to your survey response. Your consent to participate in this study is implied by completing the survey.

Further information about this research study is provided in the enclosed document [DOWNLOAD]. If you have any questions regarding this research, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Rebecca Disler directly on Thank you in advance for participating.

Please click on the link below to proceed to the survey. If the link fails to load automatically, please cut and paste it into your internet browser: