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:

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.

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National Strategic Action Plan for Lung Conditions

Lung Foundation Australia is working with the Australian Government Department of Health to develop our nation’s first National Strategic Action Plan for Lung Conditions. This national plan will help change the future of lung disease in Australia. It will define the priorities and actions required to improve lung health and reduce the impact of lung disease on individuals, the community and the economy. What is particularly unique and exciting about this plan, is that it will provide defined actions for a suite of lung conditions that affect a large proportion of the population.  It will provide direction on where to allocate resources to make the greatest impact on the largest number of people affected by lung disease.

In July, we invited the community to complete a survey to guide our Advisory Group in the development of a draft plan. From over 500 responses we received to the July survey, the Action Plan was drafted and released for public comment in late September. Almost 400 people provided valuable feedback on the second survey which will inform the final plan.

We would like to thank the individuals and organisations who took the time to provide insight to highlight the urgent need for increased investment in lung disease research, services and support.