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Almost 1 in 3 Australians are affected by lung disease. As a peak health and advisory body, Lung Foundation Australia is committed to advocating for and co-creating networks with communities of high unmet need to break down barriers to better understand, inform, screen and care for all people with lung disease.
Members of the LGBTIQA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/gender diverse, intersex, queer, asexual community and people of other diverse sexualities/genders not captured in the letters of the acronym) face significant societal and health care inequities, bias, stigma and discrimination. The LGBTIQA+ community have a disproportionately increased risk of lung conditions, including chronic lung disease and lung cancer which is Australia’s biggest cancer killer.
In Australia, there is currently no comprehensive understanding of lung health and disease in the LGBTIQA+ community. We cannot address factors affecting LGBTIQA+ lung health if we are not asking the right questions to break down barriers and overcome lung health inequity.
As an organisation, Lung Foundation Australia is a proud ally of the LGBTIQA+ community. We are committed to co-creating a national LGBTIQA+ lung health Community of Practice through (1) visibility and building community, (2) education and connection, (3) health care partnership, (4) policy and advocacy and (5) harnessing research potential.
Together we will (1) build connections between LGBTIQA+ patients, carers, advocates, health care professionals and researchers and (2) empower individuals and mobilise allies towards equity in lung health literacy, research, clinical trials, policy and interventions to ensure that LGBTIQA+ Australians with lung conditions are supported to live their best life.
A national approach to LGBTIQA+ lung health will ensure meaningful change to meet the needs of the LGBTIQA+ community not just today, but lasting change for future generations. Learn more about our commitment to supporting LGBTIQA+ lung health by establishing a Community or Practice in this fact sheet by clicking the link below.
Learn more about our commitment to supporting lung health for the LGBTIQA+ community
Creating a vibrant, safe and inclusive Lung Foundation is critical to achieve our Mission and Purpose. Our LGBTIQA+ Allyship initiatives sit at the work of our ambition to support lung health for all.
Professor Lucy Morgan
Lung Foundation Australia Board Chair
In Australia, there is currently no comprehensive understanding of lung health and disease in the LGBTIQA+ community.
We can’t address factors affecting LGBITQA+ lung health if we are not asking the right questions to break down barriers and overcome lung health inequity.
We are committed to partnering with the LGBTIQA+ community to co-create a Lung Health Community of Practice to support patients and improve lung health for all.
Lung Foundation Australia CEO
A national approach to support lung health in the LGBTIQA+ community will ensure meaningful change to meet the needs of the community not just today, but lasting change for future generations to support all Australians with lung conditions to live their best life.
Dr Erin McGillick
LGBTIQA+ Lung Health Community of Practice Chair
(2) Are you a lung health care worker/researcher passionate about supporting LGBTIQA+ lung health?
We are seeking expressions of interest from motivated members of the LGBTIQA+ community and allies to join our Steering Committee.
Become a member of LGBTIQA+ Lung Health Community of Practice
Sign up to receive updates on the LGBTIQA+ Lung Health Community of Practice road map and learn more about future Lung Foundation Australia LGBTIQA+ initiatives and Ally Network opportunities.
LGBTIQA+ Peer Support Group
Are you a member of the LGBTIQA+ community with a lung condition? Help shape our LGBTIQA+ lung health peer support group and become a Peer Leader today by clicking the link below.