August 26, 2015

Addressing Anxiety Associated with Lung Disease

Community Education Day

Being diagnosed with a lung disease is a life-changing moment that many patients say caused them severe anxietyi.

In fact, preliminary results from the Lung Foundation Australia 2015 patient survey show 54 per cent of people felt afraid for their future when they were diagnosed with lung disease.

Anxiety continues to be a huge issue for patients with lung disease. The worry people experience when they have shortness of breath can lead to even bigger anxiety problems which can make it more difficult for them to function on a daily basis, achieve goals and maintain relationshipsi.

To address this, Lung Foundation Australia is hosting a community education day to discuss how to stay positive while living with a lung condition. The seminar will take place at the Kedron Wavell Services Club Community Centre on Wednesday, 2 September.

Lung Foundation Australia CEO Heather Allan said it was important people realised that continuing to avoid situations or activities that made them feel anxious could reduce their levels of activity and social contact.

“People with chronic lung disease who understand their condition and are actively involved in managing their condition enjoy a better quality of life and have fewer complications,i” Ms Allan said.

“One in ten people will have a chronic lung disease like asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (emphysema or chronic bronchitis)ii

“That means about 200,000 people in Brisbane will have a problem with their lungs and are probably taking medication to help manage their symptoms.iii

As well as tips and tricks on keeping positive, the education day will focus on asbestos awareness and will explore the risks asbestos pose within the community and what to do if you suspect it is in your home or you may have been exposed.

Mrs Allan said Australia had one of the world’s highest rates per capitaiv of the asbestos-related lung disease malignant pleural mesothelioma, and numbers are expected to rise between now and 2020.

“It can take 20 to 40 years for asbestos-related lung disease to develop after exposure, although exposure to asbestos fibres does not always result in an asbestos-related diseasev,” Ms Allan said.

For more information about the seminar visit or phone Lung Foundation Australia’s freecall Information and Support Centre on 1800 654 301.

Event Information

When: Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Time: 9.45am – 2.00pm

Where: Community Centre (behind Chermside Library) Kedron Wavell Services Club Kittyhawk Drive, Chermside QLD 4032

Cost: $15 payable on the day of the event (includes lunch and refreshments)

Topics covered include:

  • Lung Function Testing – Mr Jarrod Warner, Respiratory Scientist, Princess Alexandra Hospital
  • Keeping Positive Whilst Living with a Lung Condition – Ms Vanessa Brunelli, PhD Nurse Candidate, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, QUT
  • Asbestos Awareness and Safety in the Community – Prof Kwun Fong, Respiratory Physician from The Prince Charles Hospital
  • Legal Considerations: What You Need to Know – Representatives from Maurice Blackburn and Slater & Gordon Lawyers

RSVP: To book your place phone freecall 1800 654 301.

For more information or the event invitation visit


Lung Foundation Australia’s Patient Survey

People wanting to take part in Lung Foundation Australia’s 2015 patient survey can visit or freecall 1800 654 301 for a physical copy before 1 September. Final results will be published on the Lung Foundation Australia website later this year.


[i} Better Living with COPD – A Patient Guide, Second Edition, 2012

[ii]McKenzie DK, Abramson M, Crockett AJ, at al. The COPDX Plan: Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for the Management of COPD. 2007. Available from 

[iii] Australian Bureau of Statistics,, 2015

[iv] Better Health Channel,

[v] Safe Work Australia, Mesothelioma in Australia, 20