February 20, 2017

From the CEO’s desk

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. You will read in these pages that 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 have been contributed to our vital patient support and research initiatives.

2017-2020 Strategic Plan

At its December meeting, the Board 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, and
  • Driving quality research

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

1. Growth in awareness, reach and influence – through our work with government and the media, the Lung Foundation will be seen as a credible voice linking evidence to patient care and better lung health.

2. Become the patient interface – we will promote our important role as the bridge between hospital and care in the community for patients, supporting-self management.

3. Develop a digital strategy that will connect patients, families, health professionals, and the community to evidence-based support and each other.

4. Work with government and other potential funders to deliver patient support and clinical education (particularly in primary and allied health).

5. Continue to grow our support for research.

6. Diversify our revenue streams to support our work.

Of course, to be able to achieve our plan, we will rely on a strong Lung Foundation team and this has necessitated some changes to our staff structure, including the creation of three new positions.

These new positions include:

The appointment of a new General Manager of Research. This reflects the priority that the Board places 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.

The appointment of a new 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 much more widely. Judy will also be working closely with me in our efforts to advocate at State and Commonwealth level.

The appointment of a new 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.

The changes outlined above left gaps to fill and we have recruited a number of new staff. A summary of the new appointments can be found on page four in the article “Staff News”.

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.

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