Media Resources – Lung Health Awareness Month

Think about your lungs this Lung Health Awareness Month

Lung health is the topic of conversation around Australia this November, in support of Lung Health Awareness Month. Lung Foundation Australia is encouraging all Australians to take their lung health seriously and recognise symptoms early in both themselves, and loved ones.

Lung Foundation Australia Key Messages

1. One in seven Australians die because of lung disease every year, yet many of us continue to ignore the signs or symptoms, often not doing anything about it for far too long.

2. If you are more breathless than others your age or have had a cough for more than three weeks, see your doctor about your lung health.

3. We’re used to thinking about our heart, skin and breast health but our lungs are equally important. It’s time we made our lung health a priority as well.

4. Lung Foundation Australia supports people with lung disease and their carers.  If you’ve been diagnosed with a lung disease, visit our website to see the many resources and programs we have to help at

Lung Disease in Australia Report

Lung Disease in Australia summarises information on chronic respiratory disease (including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and others), respiratory infections (influenza, pneumonia, etc) and respiratory neoplasms, including lung cancer and mesothelioma.

Click here to view the report.

Lung Disease in Australia statistics

Click on this document for the latest Australian statistics relating to lung diseases including COPD, lung cancer, IPF, and bronchiectasis.

Lung disease in Australia backgrounder (859 KB)

Just One Breath – Lung Health Awareness Month – Media Release

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Radio Community Service Announcements – Just One Breath Champions

To download the below radio grabs, right click and select the ‘save as’ option.

Christine Anu:

Archie Roach:

Matt Hall:

James Morrison:


Just One Breath 

Check in With Your Lungs

World COPD Day 16 November, 2016

On the third Wednesday of November every year, people across the globe celebrate World COPD Day to raise awareness of the symptoms of COPD – breathlessness and cough.

  • COPD or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is an umbrella term for emphysema, chronic bronchitis and chronic asthma
  • COPD affects one in seven Australians aged 40 or over
  • It is the second leading cause of avoidable hospital admissions
  • In 2013 COPD was the fifth leading cause of death in Australia
  • Whilst there is no cure for COPD, there are things people can do to be more active with less troublesome breathing, keep out of hospital and have better quality of life

COPD Statistics

For more statistics and information about COPD can be found in the Backgrounder:

copd-backgrounder-2016 (143 KB)

Media Release

Download the World COPD Day media release here:

wcopd-day-media-release (214 KB)

Sound Bites

10 second sound bites from Professor Ian Yang, Thoracic Physician and Director of Thoracic Medicine at The Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland and Head of the Northside Clinical School, School of Medicine, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Breathlessness when climbing stairs:

Breathlessness is not a normal part of ageing:

1 in 7 Australians have COPD:

Puffed doing daily activities?