Advocacy

Lung Foundation Australia believes everyone deserves to receive the very best treatment, information, support and care they need.

We are dedicated to seeing this happen for every person living with a lung disease.

There are over 30 different types of lung disease currently impacting the lives of one in four Australian men, women and children from all walks of life. Lung disease, including chronic respiratory conditions and lung cancer, is the second leading cause of death in Australia – It kills more people than dementia and diabetes yet it continues to be one of the most underfunded and under supported disease areas. More needs to be done. It’s time for lung disease to be a national health priority. A key focus of our advocacy is to ensure lung disease receives the level of policy and research support that is required to reduce its burden and impact. We are committed to working with the government to ensure all Australians receive equitable and affordable access to the latest best practice treatments and care. Our current initiatives include:

National Strategic Action Plan for Lung Conditions

Lung Foundation Australia worked with the Australian Government Department of Health to develop our nation’s first ever National Strategic Action Plan for Lung Conditions which launched in Parliament House on Thursday 21 February. This detailed five-year plan will help change the future of lung disease in Australia. It provides a detailed roadmap for government and the healthcare sector to address the burden of lung disease, including lung cancer, COPD, bronchiectasis, and asthma. The Action Plan focuses on major gaps in care, where urgent interventions are necessary and can have significant impact.

Making Lung Cancer A Fair Fight – A Blueprint for Reform

We recently launched Making Lung Cancer a Fair Fight: A Blueprint for Reform – a first-of-its-kind report addressing the social, economic and mental health issues of Australians living with lung cancer. It provides a clear indication of the true burden of lung cancer in Australia, now and over the next decade, as well as the confronting challenges facing those living with lung cancer. Importantly, it outlines solutions to improve outcomes for the many thousands of people living with lung cancer. It is our hope that this latest research will be used to inform decision makers to adopt key reforms and address the disjointed care, mental health and stigma that Australians with lung cancer face – and make lung cancer a fair fight. You can help too – by reading and sharing.