May 15, 2015

Fatal lung infection not on public’s radar


Experts calling for Aussie adults to curtail risk of infection during Pneumonia Awareness Week


Fewer than one-in-seven Australian adults at-risk of pneumonia consider themselves vulnerable, with only one-in-five having reported vaccinating against this often fatal lung infection.1

This is according to Lung Foundation Australia ‘Lungs4Life’ research, set for release next Tuesday, May 19, 2015to mark Pneumonia Awareness Week (May 17-24, 2015).

In addition to advancing age (65+), the research reveals more than 30 per cent of Australians aged 18-to-64 are at increased risk of contracting pneumococcal pneumonia due to smoking or a chronic medical condition. Yet while many know they need to eat better and exercise regularly, they fail to comprehend the importance of protecting against this preventable infection.1

To learn more about the new research and Lung Foundation Australia’s public health campaign designed to curb pneumococcal pneumonia infection rates during Pneumonia Awareness Week, tee up an interview with:


  • A/Prof Lucy Morgan – Respiratory Physician, Concord Hospital & Lung Foundation Australia National Council member, SYDNEY

  • Prof Robert Booy – Infectious Diseases Paediatrician, Children’s Hospital, Westmead; Head of Clinical Research, National Centre for Immunisation & ISG Director, SYDNEY

  • Prof Raina MacIntyre – Workshop convenor, Head of School of Public Health & Community Medicine, UNSW & Director, NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Population Health Research, SYDNEY

  • Prof Bill Rawlinson AM – Senior Medical Virologist, Head of Serology & Virology Division of NSW Health Pathology’s SEALS Network, SYDNEY

  • Prof Ian Charlton – GP & Member, National Asthma Council General Practice Asthma Group, Lecturer, University of Newcastle Medical School & Deputy Chairman, Central Coast Medicare Local, CENTRAL COAST, NSW

  • Dr Noela Whitby AM – GP Principal, Carindale Medical Clinic, BRISBANE

  • A/Prof Lou Irving – Director of Respiratory & Sleep Medicine, Royal Melbourne Hospital, MELBOURNE

  • Dr Michelle Caldecott – Respiratory & Sleep Disorders Physician, Austin Health & Epworth Healthcare, MELBOURNE

  • Dr Rod Pearce AM – Country & city GP & Medical Officer of Health,  Eastern Health Authority, ADELAIDE

  • Dr James Markos – Respiratory & Sleep Physician, LAUNCESTON

  • Dr Leanne Jones – GP, Caledonian Medical Centre, LAUNCESTON

  • Prof Fiona Lake – Respiratory Physician, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital who holds the Eric Saint Chair of Medicine, UWA, PERTH

  • Dr Satbir Aulakh – GP, Humpty Doo & Rapid Creek After-Hours Medical Centres & Director, Ageless Men’s Health Clinics, DARWIN 


  • Beverley, 74 – Mother, grandmother & former primary school teacher who recently recovered from pneumonia,SYDNEY

  • Maureen, 76 – Mother, grandmother & great-grandmother who contracted severe bout of pneumonia, SYDNEY 

  • Karen, 56 – Mum & step-mum with type 1 diabetes struck down with pneumonia, LAKE MUNMORAH, CENTRAL COAST, NSW

  • Emily, 53 – Married, animal enthusiast & dancer who overcame pneumonia, GOSFORD, NSW

  • Lily, 20 – Young woman who contracted pneumonia while an exchange student in Germany, MID-NORTH COAST, NSW

  • Russell, 49 – COPD patient, business owner, triathlete & father-of-four who recently battled viral pneumonia,BRISBANE

  • Janelle, 58 – Singer, retired public servant & asthmatic mother-of-two recovering from pneumonia, BRISBANE

  • Lois, 25 – Primary school teacher, law-student & army wife continuing to mount a recovery from pneumonia,BRISBANE

  • Dianne, 65 – Mother & grandmother living with COPD & recovering from a life-threatening bout of pneumonia,BUNDABERG, QLD

  • Vlad, 66 – Father, grandfather & cinematographer who contracted pneumonia due to a gruelling work schedule,MELBOURNE

  • Dean, 75 – Retired accountant’s quality of life declined following pneumonia diagnosis, ADELAIDE

  • Margaret, 64 – B&B owner showed no warning signs of pneumonia, WAIKIKI BEACH, WA

MEDIA KIT: Broadcast audio grabs + media kit available for download TUES, MAY 19 from

BROADCAST VISION: Vision avail. via satellite feed @ 9.15am AEDT on TUES, MAY 19 from 7 Network (SYD) – please record & ask Ch 7 in your capital city to on-pass, if an affiliate   

MEDIA CONTACTS:  Kirsten Bruce, Mark Henderson, Claire Wright from VIVA! Communications 0401 717 566 / 0431 465 004 / 0467 415 617

For the the Lung Foundation Australia Pneumonia Awareness Week Digital Media Kit, click here.

For more information on pneumonia including statistics, infographic, 3D animation and a fact file, click here.


1. ‘Lungs4Life’ survey. Conducted by Galaxy Research, commissioned by Lung Foundation of Australia. April, 2015.