July 27, 2016

Indigenous Lung Health Checklist is now available

ILHC screengrabIndigenous Australians are almost twice as likely to die from a lung-related condition than non-Indigenous Australians. With the mortality rate for respiratory disease in Indigenous Australians 1.9 times that of non-Indigenous Australians, it is more important than ever to try and address the endemic challenge of helping the Indigenous community to breathe well.

That’s why together Lung Foundation Australia and the Queensland Government’s Indigenous Respiratory Outreach Care Program have developed the first Australia-wide culturally sensitive, screening tool for the Indigenous community. The Indigenous Lung Health Checklist encourages the Indigenous community to check out their lung health by answering eight simple questions.

Narrated by Olympic legend and Lung Foundation Australia’s Just One Breath Ambassador Cathy Freeman, this checklist is now available on our website. We encourage health professionals working in Indigenous health and, in particular respiratory health, to promote this narrated checklist to their clients. To view this new resource, visit www.indigenouslungscheck.lungfoundation.com.au.

The resource was launched at a media event at The Prince Charles Hospital on 6 July and promoted at the Family Fun Day at Musgrave Park during NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) week (3-10 July).