Advocacy

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.

Treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in Australia and New Zealand

A position statement from the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand and the Lung Foundation Australia

Lung Foundation Australia and The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) have endorsed the position statement which highlights the current evidence for the treatment of IPF, with particular application
to the Australian and New Zealand population. The paper also considers areas in which evidence is currently lacking, especially with regard to the broader IPF severity spectrum and treatment of co-morbid conditions. The
utility of non-pharmacological therapies including pulmonary rehabilitation, oxygen as well as symptom management thought to be important in the holistic care of IPF patients are also discussed.

Read more at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/resp.13146/full?wol1URL=/doi/10.1111/resp.13146/full&regionCode=AU-QLD&identityKey=fd5dd8c3-8891-4c27-815d-76985ddbda54

The Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) multidisciplinary meeting Position Statement

A position statement from the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand and the Lung Foundation Australia*

Lung Foundation Australia and The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) have endorsed the position statement on the use of multidisciplinary meetings to improve diagnostic accuracy in interstitial lung disease (ILD).

The position paper reviews the evidence for the use of the multidisciplinary meeting (MDM) in ILD and suggest an approach to its governance and constitution, in an attempt to provide a standard methodology that could be applied across Australia and New Zealand.

Read more at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/resp.13163/full

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

Lung cancer kills more Australians every year than any other cancer – in 2016 it’s estimated that the equivalent of 25lfa-improving-outcomes-report-cover-200px people each day will die from lung cancer.

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

  • Reduce the stigma of lung cancer.
  • Prioritise early detection efforts where cure is most likely to be achieved, including identifying and implementing an effective national screening strategy.
  • Improve access to best practice care for people with lung cancer whoever they are and wherever they live.
  • Increase research funding targeted to lung cancer to improve health outcomes.

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)

On 12th October, Lung Foundation Australia will be hosting a Parliamentary Friends event where support raised for our campaign will be presented to the Government.

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)

 

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