Lungs for Life
Lung Foundation Australia and Thoracic Society of Australia & New Zealand (TSANZ) have joined forces to raise funding for research into respiratory disease. This joint program is known as Lungs for Life and is in response to critical underfunding for respiratory research in Australia.
One in ten Australians has a lung disease, which is one of the highest rates in the world. One in seven deaths is attributable to lung disease, including COPD, asthma, lung cancer and pneumonia and that rate has grown by 15% over the last five years. One in four Australians has a chronic lung disease and there are over 30 rare lung diseases that affect children.
Despite this burden, lung research funding lags far behind that for other disease areas, such as breast, heart and prostate. Australia’s peak lung health organisations are seeking funding to establish a strategic program of lung research, which will identify existing gaps in knowledge and start to deliver more effective treatments for lung disease.