February 24, 2017

Changes to our structure to deliver on Lung Foundation Australia’s strategy

On behalf of the Board and staff of Lung Foundation Australia, I wish you all a happy new year.

I would also like to give a vote of thanks to the Lung Foundation Australia community for your generosity last year. Our fundraising efforts at the end of 2016, including our Just One Breath Gala Dinner in Sydney, our inaugural Love Your Lungs Fun Run and Walk in Melbourne, our Christmas Appeal and our Shine a Light on lung cancer fundraising  appeal were all very successful. Your valued contributions towards these events allow us to continue our vital patient support and research initiatives.

2017- 2020 Strategic Plan

 At our December Board Meeting, the Directors signed-off on the new Lung Foundation Australia Strategic Plan 2017-2020 and reaffirmed our mission – to improve lung health and reduce the impact of lung disease for all Australians by:

  • Promoting lung health in the wider community
  • Promoting timely diagnosis of lung disease
  • Supporting those with lung disease and their carers
  • Promoting equitable access to evidence-based care
  • Driving quality research.

A number of strategic investments over the coming four years will be necessary to support this work and these include:

  1. Increasing awareness, reach and influence by being the credible voice linking evidence to patient care and better lung health through our work with government and the media.
  2. Becoming the patient interface by supporting patient self-management and profiling our important role as the bridge between hospital and care in the community for patients.
  3. Connecting patients, families, health professionals, and the community to evidence-based support and each other through a targeted digital strategy.
  4. Working with government and other potential funders to deliver patient support and clinical education (particularly in primary and allied health).
  5. Continuing to grow our support for lung disease research.
  6. Diversifying our revenue streams to support our work.

To ensure our operations and the expertise of our staff aligns with, and supports, delivery of our strategic initiatives, some changes have been made to our staff structure. This has included the creation of three new positions:

General Manager of Research: This new position reflects our Board’s priority on research. Many of you will know Glenda Colburn who has been our General Manager of Lung Cancer for over 10 years. Glenda takes up the new research position and will help us achieve our target of raising and contributing $5 million a year to research.

Partnership Manager: Judy Powell, who was previously our Education and Training Coordinator, will now focus on developing opportunities for the Lung Foundation to deliver our services more widely. Judy will also be working closely with me in our efforts to advocate at a State and Commonwealth level.

Project Manager – Community Engagement: Kerrie Callaghan, who previously worked in our lung cancer team, will join our fundraising team to support the growing number of people in the community who work so hard to raise money on our behalf.

2017 has started with some new faces, some familiar faces with new responsibilities and a renewed sense of purpose about promoting better lung health and supporting those affected by lung disease.

Heather Allan
Chief Executive Officer