Lung Foundation Australia plays an important role in advocating for greater effort and resources into promoting lung health and advocating for those affected by lung disease.

The community is well aware of the messages to protect their heart health, their skin health and their breast health.  Greater effort must go into communicating the important message about protecting lung health.

The Lung Foundation also advocates for better access to evidence-based programs for those with lung disease.

Government urged to reduce burden of lung disease

Lung Foundation Australia’s recent Federal Budget submission urges the government to ensure lung disease receives the funding and support needed to reduce its impact as the nation’s second leading cause of death. The submission outlines six high priority and cost-effective actions that will transform the lives of those affected by lung disease, including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), lung cancer and Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). To view the full budget submission, click here or download below.

Lung Foundation Australia Budget submission_FINAL (2 MB)

Enquiry into the Use and Marketing of Electronic Cigarettes

In a submission to the Senate Enquiry on the Use and Marketing of E-cigarettes and Personal Vaporisers, Lung Foundation Australia and Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand urged the government to take a precautionary approach to e-cigarettes. The evidence for their use in smoking cessation is not at all clear which is why we are suggesting that, like all other cessation products, they be regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and that ongoing trials be conducted to continue to review their safety and efficacy.

Download the full submission: TSANZ-LFA-e-cigarette government submission

Improving outcomes for Australians living with lung cancer – A Call To Action

Every day in Australia, 25 people die from lung cancer while another 34 people are diagnosed with this devastating disease. It is our nation’s leading cause of cancer death, killing more people than breast, prostate and ovarian cancers combined.

 Lung Foundation Australia has identified four areas where some of the most significant obstacles facing a person with lung cancer must be addressed.

Lung Foundation Australia calls on funders, policy makers, clinicians, other stakeholders and the wider community to help us improve outcomes for those who are currently battling lung cancer and for those who will be diagnosed with lung cancer in years to come.

LFA improved outcomes Flyer A4 0816-web (257 KB) Lung Foundation Australia - Improving outcomes for Australians with lung cancer - A call to action (2 MB)

Support our application to MSAC for Pulmonary Rehabilitation on Medicare

Lung Foundation Australia has asked the Australian Government for Medicare subsidies for:

  • Pulmonary rehabilitation programs
  • Follow-up pulmonary maintenance exercise programs (such as Lungs in Action)

If our application is successful, patients who have COPD and other chronic lung diseases will have greater access to these vital programs.

Click here for more information.

Click the link below to read Lung Foundation Australia’s Position Statements:

Lung Foundation Australia E-Cigarettes Position Statement 18 June 2014 (185 KB) Lung Foundation Australia - Position Statement for Supportive and Palliative care (630 KB) CICADA: Cough in Children and Adults: Diagnosis and Assessment. Australian Cough Guidelines - Position Statement (473 KB) 2014 - Lung Foundation Australia - Salt Therapy (116 KB)

Click the link below to read public submissions:

2016 - Submission to the Senate Select Committee on Health Regarding the Re-emergence of Coal Workers Pneumoconiosis (CWP) (485 KB) 2015 - Submission - Parliamentary Inquiry – Chronic Disease Prevention and Management in Primary Health Care (2 MB) 2015 - Pre-Budget Submission - Improving Access to Pulmonary Rehabiliatation through MBS Rebate (400 KB) 2015 - Submission - National Clean Air Agreement (463 KB) 2014 - Budget Submission: Two-year pilot program for Lung Cancer Nurses (936 KB) 2008 - Economic Impact of COPD and cost effective solutions. (1 MB) 2007 - Case Statement on Respiratory Infectious Disease Burden (3 MB)