January 27, 2016

Friends of Lung Foundation Australia Receive Australia Day Honours

Lung Foundation Australia offers sincere congratulations to Dr Susan Jenkins and Mrs Nola Cecins who were both included in the General Membership of the Order of Australia (OAM) for their service to medicine, particularly for their work in pulmonary rehabilitation.

Lung Foundation Australia CEO, Heather Allan said the Australia Day Honours were well deserved.

“Sue and Nola are two valuable members of the Lung Foundation community who have worked closely with us in continuing to develop pulmonary rehabilitation resources.

“They have dedicated their careers to developing clinical resources, guidelines and training programs to assist physiotherapists and exercise professionals establish and run successful pulmonary rehabilitation programs in metropolitan, regional and rural settings,” she said.

“Pulmonary rehabilitation is the most effective evidence-based intervention to manage breathlessness in patients with COPD.

“The evidence shows that pulmonary rehabilitation reduces symptoms, improves exercise capacity and strength, reduces anxiety and depression and, reduces hospital admissions1 and ultimately health care costs,” Mrs Allan said.

“And, pulmonary rehabilitation is more accessible to patients with COPD thanks to people like Sue and Nola.”



  1. O’Donnell DE, Bourbeau J, Hernandez P, Marciniuk DD, Balter M, et al. Canadian Thoracic Society recommendations for management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – 2007 update. Canadian Respiratory Journal 2007; 14 (Suppl B):5B-32B.