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Promising time for Pulmonary Fibrosis patients

A position statement published in the Medical Journal of Australia has defined advances in diagnostic techniques and new antifibrotic medications as a promising time for people living with the incurable and debilitating lung disease, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). IPF causes irreversible scarring of the lungs, which worsens over time, making it difficult to breathe. According […]

December 4, 2017 at 11:44 am by Laura Guthrie

A breath of hope for lung cancer patients

Lung Foundation Australia has welcomed the recent call from a cross-party Senate Committee to make more research a priority for low survival cancers, saying it will provide much needed hope for the lung cancer community. Lung Foundation Australia CEO, Ms Heather Allan, stressed the importance of this milestone and its potential impact. “Lung cancer is […]

December 1, 2017 at 8:37 am by Laura Guthrie

Medical Journal of Australia publishes updated summary of Australian and New Zealand COPD-X Guidelines

The Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) recently published a summary of the internationally recognised COPD-X Guidelines to highlight the latest key clinical recommendations in the diagnosis and management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Key evidence-based advances and recommendations on the management of COPD are updated quarterly in The COPD-X Plan: Australian and New Zealand […]

November 21, 2017 at 1:52 pm by Laura Guthrie

Stigma research reveals its true extent and impact on people with lung disease

Community urged to think twice before judging those with lung disease to ease isolation and depression New survey reveals stigma is rife, with many quick to lay blame without empathy, prompting call for greater understanding to break down the barriers to action. The nation’s lack of empathy is confronting: Over a third (35%) consider people […]

October 26, 2017 at 4:16 pm by Danielle Aami

Lung Foundation Australia Brand Evolution

Lung Foundation Australia is making some important changes to our brand in an effort to better meet the needs of our different communities, including patients, health professionals, the wider community and policy makers and funders. Recent market research, identified the need for Lung Foundation Australia to evolve our brand and strengthen our messaging in order […]

October 19, 2017 at 9:38 am by Laura Guthrie

The Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) multidisciplinary meeting Position Statement

A position statement from the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand and the Lung Foundation Australia* Interstitial lung diseases (ILD) are a diverse group of pulmonary diseases for which accurate diagnosis is critical for optimal treatment outcomes. Diagnosis of ILD can be challenging and a multidisciplinary approach is recommended in international guidelines. Lung Foundation Australia and The Thoracic […]

October 11, 2017 at 7:14 am by Laura Guthrie

Tasmanian Health Minister launches QUIT4october

Pharmacists and GPs join forces to battle Tasmania’s high smoking rates www.quit4october.com.au Hobart, Tasmania Monday 25 September 2017: As Tasmania continues to battle its high smoking rate, for the first time Lung Foundation Australia’s QUIT4october™ initiative is uniting GPs and pharmacists to help battle Tasmania’s high smoking rate. QUIT4october is supporting the education of healthcare […]

September 26, 2017 at 9:33 am by Camilla Coldrake

Tax hike on cigarettes set to burn smokers

ACT leads the nation to help smokers quit Australia, 29 August 2017: As the Federal Government raises taxes on cigarettes this week, the ACT continues to lead Australia in their commitment to support programs to help quit smoking for good. The ACT Government is getting behind healthcare professionals through Lung Foundation Australia’s QUIT4octoberTM initiative to […]

August 30, 2017 at 3:25 pm by Laura Guthrie

Shine a Light on Lung Cancer initiative funds important research

Today (1st August) is World Lung Cancer Day and Lung Foundation Australia is pleased to announce the suite of lung cancer research initiatives that have been made possible by the community’s fundraising efforts through our Shine a Light on Lung Cancer events. Over the past two years, our Shine a Light on Lung Cancer supporters […]

August 1, 2017 at 4:08 pm by Danielle Aami

Three generations rally to raise funds for lung disease research

Local Brisbane architect, Elisa Knowlman, has rallied three generations of her family to raise much needed funding for research into chronic lung disease, which affects 1 in 4 Australians[i] including her mum who is fighting a chronic progressive lung disease. Elisa, her 84-year old father (Greg) and her niece (Isobel) will join over 100 riders […]

July 12, 2017 at 3:54 pm by Laura Guthrie

Have you thought about your lungs lately?

Contrary to what many think, breathlessness is not a normal part of ageing. Symptoms of lung disease tend to creep up slowly and people often automatically adjust their daily activities to deal with their symptoms rather than getting help. What is lung disease? Lung disease is extremely common, affecting approximately one in four Australians. There […]

July 6, 2017 at 3:41 pm by Laura Guthrie

Occupational Lung Disease Media Statement

From: Lung Foundation Australia CEO, Heather Allan and The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand CEO, Tanya Buchanan. In response to the motion put forward in Parliament today for a centralised comprehensive occupational lung disease national register. Lung Foundation Australia and The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand welcomed the motion put to […]

June 22, 2017 at 3:21 pm by Laura Guthrie

COPD Consumer Engagement: Post-market Review of COPD Medicines

The Department of Health is conducting a review of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) medicines which will assess the use, safety, efficacy and cost-effectiveness of Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)-listed COPD medicines, to address Quality of Medicines (QUM) concerns associated with the use of multiple products. The Review is being conducted under the Australian Government’s Post-Market […]

June 22, 2017 at 3:11 pm by Laura Guthrie

Turning the Spotlight on the Rare Lung Disease

June 20, 2017 at 4:06 pm by Danielle Aami

Australians unwilling to protect against fatal lung infection

Lung Foundation Australia urging adults to ‘Know Pneumonia’ to curb infection rates on Know Pneumonia Day Three-in-four Australian adults do not consider ‘life-threatening consequences’ as sufficient motivation to vaccinate against pneumococcal pneumonia. This is according to Lung Foundation Australia research set for release today (May 16, 2017) to mark Know Pneumonia Day. According to respiratory […]

May 16, 2017 at 11:02 am by Laura Guthrie

Tasmania’s First Lungs in Action class hits five year milestone

2017 makes five years of Lungs in Action running out of University of Tasmania’s (UTAS) exercise physiology clinics in Launceston. Originally launched under exercise physiologist Dr Andrew Williams in 2012, Dr Sibella Hardcastle, also an exercise physiologist is now leading the team and shares her insights to running a successful and sustainable pulmonary maintenance exercise […]

May 9, 2017 at 2:49 pm by Laura Guthrie

Congratulations to our Lifetime Achievement Award winners

For the past five years, Lung Foundation Australia has been recognising the contributions of our volunteers. We have dozens and dozens of dedicated patient advocates and clinical experts who give generously and freely of their time to help us deliver important services to our communities. This year, Lung Foundation Australia has proudly welcomed five new […]

May 8, 2017 at 9:18 am by Laura Guthrie

New resource to help patients live well with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

To mark World Pulmonary Hypertension Day today (Friday 5 May) Lung Foundation Australia has launched a new resource for patients and their carers, Better Living with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) A Patient Guide. Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) is a progressive disease caused by narrowing or tightening (constriction) of the pulmonary arteries that connect the right […]

May 4, 2017 at 3:55 pm by Laura Guthrie

New research provides insight into rare and fatal lung disease

Recent research into Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF), a rare devastating and incurable lung disease, has provided greater insight into the natural history and clinical management of the disease across Australia. The study Baseline characteristics of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis: analysis from the Australian Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Registry, utilised data from the Lung Foundation Australia IPF Registry, […]

May 4, 2017 at 3:43 pm by Laura Guthrie

Brisbane cycle challenge launched to blow lung disease away

Lung Foundation Australia is calling on groups of friends and colleagues in Brisbane to help raise much needed funding for lung disease research by registering on their website now for the 2017 Corporate Cycle Challenge, which is proudly supported by Novartis. Teams of 5 are encouraged to sign-up for the unique 4 hour cycle challenge, […]

April 11, 2017 at 12:35 pm by Laura Guthrie

New collaboration supporting early career health research students

Lung Foundation Australia is delighted to announce our new partnership with the Better Breathing Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation which supports early career allied health research students to conduct high quality research on chronic lung diseases. Through this new and exciting collaboration, we will be offering PhD Scholarships to support early career allied health research students […]

April 4, 2017 at 12:44 pm by Laura Guthrie

Politicians targeted during lung health blitz

As the largest gathering of lung health experts in Australasia, the TSANZSRS Annual Scientific Meeting, descends upon Canberra, Lung Foundation Australia is taking to Parliament House on Tuesday 28 March 2017 where they will test the lung health of politicians and staff in a bid to raise awareness about the seriousness and prevalence of lung […]

March 28, 2017 at 8:46 am by Laura Guthrie

Congratulations to the 2017 Research Award Recipients

Research offers hope and undisputed benefits for improving outcomes in lung diseases. Lung disease struggles to attract the same level of research funding received by other disease areas. Lung Foundation Australia works tirelessly to help fill this gap, with support for research remaining one of our critical priorities. Through our annual Research Awards Program, Lung […]

March 27, 2017 at 2:25 pm by Laura Guthrie

Stakeholder forum announced for Post-Market Review of COPD Medicines

A Post-market Review of COPD Medicines, approved by the Minister for Health in 2015, is being carried out under the Australian Government’s post-market monitoring program to ensure the continued safe, cost-effective and quality use of COPD medicines listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). The Post-market Review of COPD Medicines will evaluate the utilisation, safety, […]

March 9, 2017 at 12:22 pm by Laura Guthrie

Gold coast mother on a mission to change the future for lung cancer

In the midst of living with advanced lung cancer, Gold Coast mother-of-two Evangeline Lim is calling on the community to help raise awareness and much-needed funding for lung cancer research by attending her Shine a Light on lung cancer walk at Sanctuary Cove, 4pm Saturday 11 March 2017. As a fit 53-year-old woman who has […]

March 8, 2017 at 3:40 pm by Laura Guthrie

National Cancer Report ignites appeal for lung cancer support

The Cancer in Australia 2017 Report released last week by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has revealed that lung cancer continues to claim more Australian lives each year than any other cancer. Lung Foundation Australia is calling on the community to help make lung cancer a government priority by signing their online petition […]

February 14, 2017 at 4:31 pm by Laura Guthrie

Call for Expression of Interest – Consumer Representative

Lung Cancer Patient and Family Advisory Group Lung Foundation Australia values patient and family input into the improvement and evaluation of our services and we are looking for enthusiastic people across Australia to help form an advisory group comprising patients, carers and/or family members directly affected by lung cancer. We are currently inviting applications for […]

December 12, 2016 at 3:21 pm by Amelia Parsons

Spirometry is required for diagnosis of COPD

Lung Foundation Australia comments on AIHW latest report. With World COPD Day being celebrated Wednesday 16 November, Heather Allan, CEO of Lung Foundation Australia, said the release of the Australian Centre for Airways disease Monitoring (ACAM) and Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report promoting spirometry as essential for the diagnosis of COPD was […]

November 25, 2016 at 2:06 pm by Amelia Parsons

Pulmonary Rehabilitation: The Best Intervention for COPD

Pulmonary rehabilitation is one of the most effective interventions for people living with chronic lung disease, but less than 5% of patients access the program. That’s why this World COPD Day (16 November), Lung Foundation Australia is urging health professionals to refer people diagnosed with COPD to pulmonary rehabilitation. COPD or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, […]

November 25, 2016 at 2:04 pm by Amelia Parsons

Why Are Brisbane’s Bridges Green?

Brisbane’s bridges will be lit up in green Tuesday night 1 November to celebrate the start of Lung Health Awareness Month. Green is symbolic of the leaves and trees that give us oxygen to breathe. It’s also the corporate colour of Lung Foundation Australia. Heather Allan, CEO of Lung Foundation Australia said, “Every day we […]

November 1, 2016 at 7:00 am by Laura Guthrie

National Air Quality and Health Meeting to make air quality a priority in Australia

The second National Air Quality and Health meeting will be held this week with experts in respiratory medicine, epidemiology, air quality and data coming together to investigate the impact air quality is having on health in Australia and what academics and health professionals can do to have a positive impact on public health. Air pollution […]

October 25, 2016 at 11:04 am by Laura Guthrie

Cathy Freeman lends her support to change the face of lung disease this November

Lung Foundation Australia enlisted the support of iconic Australian, Cathy Freeman to encourage the nation to start thinking – and more importantly, talking – about their lung health during Lung Health Awareness Month. Cathy herself lives with a lung condition, having suffered from asthma for the last 20 years. Cathy Freeman is the National Ambassador […]

October 19, 2016 at 9:00 am by Laura Guthrie

RYDE SUPPORTS QUIT4october™

Ryde community backs QUIT4october™ to help friends and family quit smoking for good  29 September 2016: Throughout September, residents of Ryde are being called on to encourage friends and family who smoke to sign up to a new Lung Foundation Australia smoking cessation and social media initiative, QUIT4october™. The month-long program is dedicated to helping […]

September 29, 2016 at 3:05 pm by Laura Guthrie

LAUNCESTION LAUNCHES QUIT4october™

Launceston community backs QUIT4october™ to help friends and family quit smoking for good Throughout September and October, residents of Launceston are being called on to encourage friends and family who smoke to sign up to a new national Lung Foundation Australia smoking cessation and social media initiative, QUIT4october™. QUIT4october program is proven one month-long quit […]

September 16, 2016 at 8:00 am by Laura Guthrie

Cyclists on track to help beat lung disease

Cycle enthusiasts and those out for a good time came together to help raise awareness and much needed funds to support lung research at Lung Foundation Australia’s inaugural Just One Breath Cycle Challenge. About 20 teams, made up of a total of 100 riders, took to the track at Lakeside International Raceway in Brisbane’s north […]

September 13, 2016 at 5:03 pm by Laura Guthrie

QUIT4october Massive Artwork to Stub Out Smoking

Lung Foundation Australia is encouraging smokers to turn their cigarettes into public art as they try to stub out the habit. Sydney smokers are being asked to put their unused cigarettes into a new massive public art statue as part of QUIT4octoberTM, a month long quit campaign which aims to encourage people to give up […]

September 13, 2016 at 9:28 am by Laura Guthrie

Tax increase helps smokers butt out

QUIT4OCTOBER campaign supports smokers to quit  Today, the Federal Government raised taxes on cigarettes, the latest tax increase intended to further cut smoking rates and reduce death and disease caused by smoking. With an ongoing series of 12.5 per cent annual tax hikes pencilled in, the average price of a packet of cigarettes in Australia […]

September 1, 2016 at 8:12 am by Laura Guthrie

Lung Foundation Australia congratulates David Hayne on his lifetime of achievement award

Carer and pharmacist David Hayne is the latest person to be recognised with a lifetime achievement award by Lung Foundation Australia at the 6th Australian Lung Cancer Conference in Melbourne. A COPD National Program member and former Lung Foundation Australia Board Member, Mr Hayne joined the organisation as a consumer representative for the COPD Coordinating […]

August 19, 2016 at 4:38 pm by Laura Guthrie

Winners of vital funding for lung cancer research announced at Australian Lung Cancer Conference

Lung Foundation Australia has recognised the vital need for more research into lung cancer with several awards being announced at the Australian Lung Cancer Conference Gala Dinner tonight. The first of eight two year Deep Manchanda Lung Cancer Fellowships, each worth at least $160,000, was awarded to University of Newcastle’s Dr Atiqur Rahman for his […]

August 19, 2016 at 12:25 pm by Laura Guthrie

Lung Cancer Multidisciplinary Team Directory helps show the way

A new Lung Cancer Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Directory, an essential tool in helping patients and health professionals find the best available treatment pathways, was formally launched overnight. An Australian first for clinicians, patients and consumers, this new online directory was launched by Lung Foundation Australia CEO, Heather Allan, and Lung Foundation Australia’s Lung Cancer Consultative […]

August 18, 2016 at 7:00 pm by Laura Guthrie

Australian attitudes costing lung cancer patients’ lives

9,000 Australians will die from Australia’s biggest cancer killer in 2016 – equivalent to 25 people each day[i] Australian lung cancer patients have had enough of being stereotyped and deserve the same support as people with other cancers. A new report released today from Lung Foundation Australia highlights how the nation’s negative attitudes and stereotypes […]

August 17, 2016 at 3:51 pm by Laura Guthrie

Lung cancer experts gathering at the 6th Australian Lung Cancer Conference

This week, experts from around the world are gathering in Melbourne to share the latest information and research about Australia’s biggest cancer killer – lung cancer. Proudly hosted Lung Foundation Australia, the 6th Australian Lung Cancer Conference (ALCC) brings together physicians, surgeons, oncologists, pathologists, general practitioners, nurses, patients and carers at the Melbourne Convention and […]

August 17, 2016 at 9:00 am by Laura Guthrie

New online Indigenous tool to help tackle lung disease

Lung Foundation Australia and the Queensland Government have joined forces to tackle the vital issue of improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ lung health, with Indigenous peoples 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 […]

July 6, 2016 at 12:00 pm by Laura Guthrie

COPD-X Guidelines Update 1st QTR 2016

The COPD-X guidelines have been updated with the latest version released 2nd June, 2016. The update includes changes in the areas of lung volume reduction surgery, lung transplantation and oxygen therapy. Lung Foundation Australia announced the recent update to The COPD-X Plan: Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for the Management of COPD after an extensive […]

June 2, 2016 at 2:41 pm by Laura Guthrie

Cathy Freeman, Australian sporting legend, joins forces with Lung Foundation Australia to change the face of lung disease

A healthy set of lungs is fundamental to a healthy life. Yet the simplest daily action, that we do about 22,000 times a day – breathing – is often taken for granted. Recent research confirms that: Just over half of Australians (53%) rarely, or never, think about the health of our lungs[1] Almost two-thirds (63%) […]

June 1, 2016 at 8:13 am by Laura Guthrie

Australia leads the world on World No Tobacco Day

Australia’s success in implementing plain packaging for cigarettes is being recognised on World No Tobacco Day (31 May). This year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control are calling other countries to get ready for plain (standardised) packaging of tobacco products. Lung Foundation Australia CEO, Heather […]

May 31, 2016 at 11:54 am by Laura Guthrie

Talking about dying is vital for those with chronic illness

Too few people with complex chronic illnesses have taken adequate steps to ensure their end-of-life wishes are clear, according to a new national survey released today by Palliative Care Australia (PCA). The survey shows those with complex chronic illness* were more likely than the rest of the population to have a will (60% versus 43%) […]

May 26, 2016 at 8:17 am by Laura Guthrie

Palliative Care Benefits Australians with Chronic Illnesses

Although two thirds of Australians say they would be likely to ask for palliative care for someone close to them who had a serious, prolonged or terminal illness, there is also a high proportion of people who do not understand when palliative care can be accessed. A national survey, released to mark National Palliative Care […]

May 22, 2016 at 7:00 am by Laura Guthrie

Lucy Morgan, Respiratory Physician & Lung Foundation Australia National Council member discusses the rise of a “fit & fabulous” Aussies in their mid-60s who are failing to protect against pneumococcal infection

Watch this mini documentary featuring respiratory physician & Lung Foundation Australia National Council member, A/Prof Lucy Morgan, discussing pneumococcal pneumonia & the importance of protecting against this often fatal lung infection. A/Prof Morgan reflects on the rise of a generation of healthy, fit & fabulous Australians in their mid-60s who love to travel & to […]

May 16, 2016 at 9:17 am by Laura Guthrie

Heather Allan, CEO, Lung Foundation Australia discusses the importance of Australians protecting against pneumococcal infection

Watch this mini documentary featuring Lung Foundation Australia, CEO, Heather Allan, discussing our new ‘Breathe well, age well’ research released on May 10, 2016 to coincide with Pneumonia Awareness Week, urging Australians at risk of pneumonia to protect themselves against infection, including vaccination against pneumococcal pneumonia.

May 16, 2016 at 8:49 am by Laura Guthrie

Special seminar for the thousands of Gold Coast residents with a lung disease

Research shows up to 90% of Australians with a lung condition are not using their inhaler device (puffer) correctly, causing them to use more medication, often less effectivelyi. Lung Foundation Australia CEO Heather Allan said with eight new COPD medicines and three new inhaler devices introduced in the last two years, there was a lot […]

May 13, 2016 at 4:29 pm by Laura Guthrie

Retired stockbroker, keen fisherman, father & grandfather who survived five episodes of pneumonia

Peter, 71 Retired stockbroker, father-to-four, grandfather-to-five and keen fisherman, Peter, 71, Melbourne, has remarkably, survived five episodes of the often fatal infection, pneumonia. The ex-smoker’s most recent hospital admission was on September 26, 2014, where he stayed for a month. Peter is clinically at-risk of contracting pneumonia. Following 25 years of “heavy smoking which caused […]

May 13, 2016 at 2:12 pm by Laura Guthrie

Mother-to-two, artist & teacher-in-training who recovered from pneumococcal pneumonia

Mother-to-two young children, artist and secondary school teacher-in-training, Heidi, 42, Melbourne developed a severe episode of the often fatal lung infection, pneumococcal pneumonia, after returning home from a family holiday to Fiji, in early August, 2014. Shortly after arriving home, Heidi experienced extreme fatigue and breathlessness, before visiting the doctor. Two doctor visits later, she […]

May 13, 2016 at 2:09 pm by Laura Guthrie

Gardener, quilter, mother & grandmother who survived a devastating episode of pneumonia

Carole, 70 Gardener, quilter, mother-to-three and grandmother-to-six, Carole, 70, Melbourne contracted a nasty virus while holidaying in Scotland during August, 2015. She spent the last week of her holiday bed-ridden, in excruciating pain, in a Scottish hospital, before returning home in September, 2015, still feeling unwell.  After failing to make any substantial improvement to her […]

May 13, 2016 at 2:03 pm by Laura Guthrie

I enjoy getting out of the house and gaining experience in a business environment – Fabrice Roshat

National Volunteer Week is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our volunteers. Lung Foundation Australia takes this opportunity to thank the hundreds of volunteers who generously donate their time, skills and support to making lung health a priority in Australia. This week we have put together a few profiles of our hardworking […]

May 13, 2016 at 1:34 pm by Laura Guthrie

The transition to volunteer work seemed a natural progression – Frank Stevenson

National Volunteer Week is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our volunteers. Lung Foundation Australia takes this opportunity to thank the hundreds of volunteers who generously donate their time, skills and support to making lung health a priority in Australia. This week we have put together a few profiles of our hardworking […]

May 13, 2016 at 10:12 am by Laura Guthrie

Mother, grandmother, accountant & cake decorator who survived two episodes of pneumonia

Leigh, 56, Sydney describes her harrowing tale of contracting bacterial pneumonia Watch this mini documentary featuring mother, grandmother, accountant & cake decorator, Leigh, 56, Sydney describing the significant toll that contracting pneumonia has had on her health & lifestyle. Leigh was informed by her doctor that had she failed to seek medical attention, she could […]

May 12, 2016 at 2:38 pm by Laura Guthrie

Animal lover who contracted pneumonia on three occasions

Emily, 54, Gosford, NSW, lives with the tracheal disease, bronchiectasis, which places her at heightened risk of contracting the potentially life-threatening infection, pneumonia. Following the death of her mother in 2004, Emily spent the ensuing six years of her life in mourning, frequently overwhelmed by physical and mental exhaustion. In 2009, she developed a consistent […]

May 12, 2016 at 2:16 pm by Laura Guthrie

This year I celebrated my 10th anniversary at the Lung Foundation – Eileen Perry

National Volunteer Week is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our volunteers. Lung Foundation Australia takes this opportunity to thank the hundreds of volunteers who generously donate their time, skills and support to making lung health a priority in Australia. This week we have put together a few profiles of our hardworking […]

May 12, 2016 at 4:00 am by Laura Guthrie

Lung disease a major burden for the remote, poor and elderly

The latest AIHW report on the impact and causes of illness and deaths in Australia[i] highlighted the significant burden lung disease places on regional, poorer and older Australians. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and lung cancer were listed in the top five diseases for the lowest three socioeconomic groups, with a clear trend of greater rates […]

May 11, 2016 at 6:48 pm by Mariano Aran

Craft lover recovering from pneumococcal pneumonia

Partially paralysed craft lover living with asthma, Maree, 63, Bundaberg, developed a severe episode of the potentially life-threatening infection, pneumococcal pneumonia, in March 2016. A member of the ‘Stolen Generation’, Maree spent most of her youth in the North Queensland bush, working on cattle and sheep stations, which kick-started a regular smoking habit, along with […]

May 11, 2016 at 4:47 pm by Laura Guthrie

Retired mother and grandmother advocates for seniors protecting against pneumococcal pneumonia

Sandra, 69 | Retired mother-to-two, grandmother-to-one & advocate for seniors protecting against pneumococcal pneumonia, BRISBANE Retired mother-to-two and grandmother-to-one, Sandra, 69, South Brisbane, contracted the potentially life-threatening illness, pneumococcal pneumonia, in 1995, at the age of 48. The diagnosis came as a huge shock to the then grocery store manager, who had been leading a healthy […]

May 11, 2016 at 12:08 pm by Laura Guthrie

The most gratifying part is seeing the positive results – Dr Lissa Spencer

National Volunteer Week is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our volunteers. Lung Foundation Australia takes this opportunity to thank the hundreds of volunteers who generously donate their time, skills and support to making lung health a priority in Australia. This week we have put together a few profiles of our hardworking […]

May 11, 2016 at 7:00 am by Laura Guthrie

COPD patient, business owner, Ironman & father battled viral pneumonia

Russell, 50 | COPD patient, business owner, Ironman & father-to-four who battled viral pneumonia & transmitted the infection to his wife, BRISBANE Business owner, Ironman, marathon runner and father-to-four, Russell, 50, Brisbane, was diagnosed with chronic pulmonary obstructive disorder (COPD) almost five years ago. Given his disease has reduced his lung capacity to 22 per cent, […]

May 10, 2016 at 5:30 pm by Laura Guthrie

Respiratory nurse and mother survived three episodes of pneumonia

Allison, 37 | Respiratory clinical nurse specialist & mother who survived three episodes of bacterial pneumonia within 11 months, TWEED HEADS Mother-to-three and respiratory clinical nurse specialist, Allison, 37, Tweed Heads, survived three episodes of a rare form of pneumonia, known as atypical bacterial pneumonia or mycoplasma pneumonia, within the space of 11 months. After first […]

May 10, 2016 at 4:34 pm by Laura Guthrie

Adding life to years: “Super seniors” urged to protect against fatal lung infection

Only one per cent of Australians aged 18–74 understand age-appropriate vaccination is vital to maintaining good health,1 while just 20 per cent of those at most risk of infection have been vaccinated against pneumococcal pneumonia,1 according to new figures set for release today to mark Pneumonia Awareness Week (May 9-15, 2016). Lung Foundation Australia’s ‘Breathe […]

May 10, 2016 at 4:20 pm by Laura Guthrie

I have gained more than I have given – Ian Venamore

National Volunteer Week is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our volunteers. Lung Foundation Australia takes this opportunity to thank the hundreds of volunteers who generously donate their time, skills and support to making lung health a priority in Australia. This week we have put together a few profiles of our hardworking […]

May 10, 2016 at 7:00 am by Laura Guthrie

Adding life to years: “Super seniors” urged to protect against fatal lung infection

Only one per cent of Australians aged 18-74 understand age-appropriate vaccination is vital to maintaining good health, while just 20 per cent of those most at risk of infection have been vaccinated against pneumococcal pneumonia,1 according to new figures set for release tomorrow – Tuesday, May 10, 2016 to mark Pneumonia Awareness Week (May 9-15, […]

May 9, 2016 at 4:19 pm by Mariano Aran

Pneumonia Awareness Week 2016

May 9, 2016 at 9:27 am by Mariano Aran

National Volunteer Week – Give Happy, Live Happy

Lung Foundation Australia thanks the hundreds of volunteers who gave more than 9,000 hours last year to help support the one in 10 Australians with a lung disease. Lung Foundation Australia CEO, Heather Allan, said their clinical and community volunteers contributed enormously to the many projects they support across the organisation. “We could not do […]

May 9, 2016 at 7:00 am by Laura Guthrie

Seminar aims to help lung disease patients improve quality of life

Perth residents will gain expert tips on how to breathe easier thanks to a Lung Foundation Australia seminar next month. Lung Foundation Australia CEO Heather Allan said lung disease affects hundreds of thousands of people in Perth alone which was why it was so important these seminars were held in local communities.  “In Perth alone, […]

April 28, 2016 at 4:26 pm by Laura Guthrie

Seminar returns to Mandurah to equip lung disease patients to breathe easier

Mandurah residents will be able to breathe easier following a special community seminar next month. Lung Foundation Australia CEO Heather Allan said one in ten people in Australia had a chronic lung disease such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (emphysema or chronic bronchitis), which was why it was so important these seminars were held in […]

April 27, 2016 at 4:25 pm by Laura Guthrie

Advanced COPD research captured on video

Research is one of the most effective ways to improve the prevention, detection, treatment and management of lung disease. Lung Foundation Australia’s Board has identified the need to address the critical underfunding in this area as a key priority, both through our advocacy and fundraising activities. We’ve set the ambitious goal that by 2020 we […]

April 18, 2016 at 9:34 am by Laura Guthrie

Governor General takes the reins as Lung Foundation Australia patron

The Governor-General of Australia confirmed his patronage of Lung Foundation Australia this month, recognising the organisation as having credentials of the highest order in terms of financial and other management matters. His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) saw the work of Lung Foundation Australia as complementary to his responsibilities as […]

April 7, 2016 at 4:17 pm by Laura Guthrie

Recognising a lifetime of achievement

Lung Foundation Australia has proudly welcomed four new members to our Lifetime Achievement Award club. Representing the many different ways people can interact with the Lung Foundation, these recipients have all made significant contributions to helping people living with lung disease across Australia. COPD National Committee and Lung Foundation Australia Board Member, David Hayne, joined […]

April 6, 2016 at 8:33 am by Laura Guthrie

Lung Foundation Australia announces major investment to help address critical underspend in lung health research

Lung Foundation Australia has leveraged generous community support to launch research awards worth almost $700,000 as part of a major investment in lung health research, including several significant multi-year awards. Lung Foundation Australia CEO Heather Allan said compared to other disease areas, research into lung disease was very poorly supported. “For example, only about 7.5 […]

April 5, 2016 at 8:10 am by Laura Guthrie

Funding shortage leaves Australia’s lung health research in crisis

Australia’s peak lung health organisations have issued an urgent call to overcome a funding crisis that is crippling lung health research in the country. Lung Foundation Australia and the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) warn that without additional financing efforts to address potentially life-threatening conditions such as asthma, COPD and lung cancer […]

April 3, 2016 at 5:54 pm by Mariano Aran

Updated COPD Resources

On the back of the latest revision of the COPD-X Guidelines, Lung Foundation Australia has updated the corresponding resources including the COPD-X Concise Guide – a useful summary of the COPD-X Guidelines which is available online as a fully searchable PDF with practice tips to aid clinical care. Other valuable resources updated include the Stepwise […]

March 30, 2016 at 7:56 am by Laura Guthrie

New Brisbane seminar aims to help lung disease patients improve quality of life

Local residents will gain expert tips on how to breathe easier thanks to a new Lung Foundation Australia seminar coming to the south side for the first time. Next month will be the first time the popular Better Living with Your Lung Disease Patient Seminars for those living with a chronic lung disease have been […]

March 16, 2016 at 4:11 pm by Laura Guthrie

Submission to the Senate Select Committee on Health Regarding the Re-emergence of Coal Workers Pneumoconiosis

The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) and Lung Foundation Australia (LFA) welcomed the opportunity to provide a submission to the Select Committee on Health on the Re-emergence of Coal Workers Pneumoconios (CWP). The TSANZ and LFA strongly support consistent, nation-wide action to protect workers from dust diseases by: (a) enhancing the current […]

March 9, 2016 at 10:39 am by Mariano Aran

Self-management DVDs now on sale!

Lung Foundation Australia’s Better Living with Your Lung Disease self-management DVDs help people living with lung disease to better manage their disease, symptoms and treatment. The DVDs are an excellent opportunity for patients to learn the importance of managing their disease and techniques on how they can implement these strategies in their homes and are […]

March 4, 2016 at 11:19 am by Laura Guthrie

Lung Foundation Australia launches research awards

Lung Foundation Australia has launched three research awards covering COPD, lung cancer and Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). These research awards are an excellent opportunity for universities, graduates, PhD students, and health professionals interested in pursuing research in lung disease. PhD Funding Opportunity: The David Wilson PhD Scholarship in IPF Lung Foundation Australia announces the David […]

March 1, 2016 at 12:20 pm by Laura Guthrie

New seminar equips lung disease patients to improve quality of life

Lung Foundation Australia will host the Better Living with Your Lung Disease Patient Seminar for those living with a chronic lung disease in Dubbo for the first time ever next month.   Lung Foundation Australia CEO, Heather Allan, said one in ten people in Australia has a chronic lung disease such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary […]

February 18, 2016 at 9:56 am by Laura Guthrie

Experts gather to tackle the quality of Australia’s air

Leading Australian experts are coming together to develop plans to tackle the growing issue of Australia’s air quality in Melbourne tomorrow. Coordinated by the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Lung Foundation Australia, the inaugural National Air Quality and Health Meeting will look at topics like air safety, links to respiratory diseases such as lung cancer, […]

February 15, 2016 at 4:38 pm by Laura Guthrie

Outage affects Lung Foundation Australia

While our website is functioning, Lung Foundation Australia has been affected by an internet outage which means email is not working. If you need to contact us, please call 1800 654 301. Our information and support team may be busy with calls but please leave a message and we will return your call as soon […]

February 12, 2016 at 10:01 am by Mariano Aran

Changing the face of lung cancer this World Cancer Day

Lung Foundation Australia wants to change the face of lung cancer with a special event in Sydney to highlight the message that anyone can get lung cancer – men, women, the young old, smokers and non-smokers. Lung Foundation Australia CEO Heather Allan said the World Cancer Day event highlighted that lung cancer doesn’t discriminate and […]

February 4, 2016 at 8:13 am by Laura Guthrie

COPD Guidelines Update Includes New COPD Therapies

New therapies for the management of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) have been highlighted in the latest update of the COPD-X Guidelines. Lung Foundation Australia announced the recent update to The COPD-X Plan: Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for the Management of COPD after an extensive review of the published evidence in COPD up to […]

February 3, 2016 at 4:55 pm by Laura Guthrie

Friends of Lung Foundation Australia Receive Australia Day Honours

Lung Foundation Australia offers sincere congratulations to Dr Susan Jenkins and Mrs Nola Cecins who were both included in the General Membership of the Order of Australia (OAM) for their service to medicine, particularly for their work in pulmonary rehabilitation. Lung Foundation Australia CEO, Heather Allan said the Australia Day Honours were well deserved. “Sue […]

January 27, 2016 at 10:00 am by Laura Guthrie

New Year, New Start. Continue your professional development

Take advantage of your renewed energy this New Year to clock up your CPD or CEC points and discover new opportunities to grow or expand your business. Lungs In Action is an online training platform designed for exercise professionals who want to increase their skills and knowledge in managing people with a respiratory condition and/or […]

January 25, 2016 at 9:33 am by Laura Guthrie

Tassie residents to put their lungs first during the bush fires

Lung Foundation Australia is warning residents of the West Coast of Tasmania to look after themselves and be aware of the extra pollutants in the air caused by bushfires, especially if they have an existing lung condition. Lung Foundation Australia CEO Heather Allan said people who had severe lung disease should minimise their exposure to […]

January 19, 2016 at 2:02 pm by Laura Guthrie

Clinicians wanted for new national research committee

Call for Expressions of Interest Membership of the “Healthy Lungs For Life” Collaborative Research Initiative Management Committee The Chairs of the TSANZ and LFA Boards welcome expressions of interest for membership of the “Healthy Lungs for Life” Collaborative Research Initiative Management Committee. This is a joint initiative of Lung Foundation Australia and the Thoracic Society […]

December 22, 2015 at 3:09 pm by Laura Guthrie

Patient representatives wanted for national research committee

Call for Expressions of Interest from Consumers Membership of the “Healthy Lungs For Life” Collaborative Research Initiative Management Committee The Chairs of the TSANZ and LFA Boards welcome expressions of interest for membership of the “Healthy Lungs for Life” Collaborative Research Initiative Management Committee.This is a joint initiative of Lung Foundation Australia and the Thoracic […]

December 22, 2015 at 3:07 pm by Laura Guthrie

Lung Foundation Australia warns Sydney to take care cleaning up

Lung Foundation Australia is warning people to be careful of possible exposure to asbestos after the massive winds that shook Sydney earlier this week. While there has been a concerted effort to remove asbestos from homes during the past few decades, many older homes might still contain asbestos, usually as asbestos boarding in kitchens, garages, […]

December 18, 2015 at 3:46 pm by Mariano Aran

Paris accord an important step towards helping people breathe easier

Lung Foundation Australia and the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand welcomed the weekend agreement in Paris to take action to curb greenhouse gas emissions as a crucial step for people with lung disease. Incoming Lung Foundation Australia Chair Professor Christine Jenkins said for the first time almost 200 countries around the world had agreed that […]

December 16, 2015 at 2:55 pm by Laura Guthrie

Australian Lung Cancer Study

In 2016 the Centre for Community-Driven Research and Lung Foundation Australia will conduct a study to understand the experience of lung cancer patients and the improvements that can be made for future patients, particularly in relation to quality of life and patient preferences for treatment and care. The study will involve an online questionnaire and […]

December 11, 2015 at 11:05 am by Laura Guthrie

Government says no to lung cancer screening in Australia

Lung Foundation Australia notes the Australia Government’s current decision not to introduce a national lung cancer screening program due to several unresolved issues and questions around implementation. The Lung Foundation agrees that the evidence is still unresolved, however it was important that issues like screening remained on the agenda and that Government continue reviewing the […]

November 20, 2015 at 8:59 am by Laura Guthrie

Breathlessness Should Not Be Ignored

Feeling out of breath is not a normal symptom old age To mark World COPD Day (18 November) Lung Foundation Australia is encouraging all Australians over the age of 35 to take breathlessness seriously and ask their health professional for a lung health check. “Contrary to what people think, breathlessness is not a normal part […]

November 18, 2015 at 3:00 am by Laura Guthrie

More lung cancer research funding needed to save lives

Lung Foundation Australia put the focus on lung cancer research with the launch of four lung cancer research grant opportunities worth $230,000 to top-up existing research and to seek Australian Universities to express their interest in leveraging and co-funding PhD Scholarships. Co-funding with Australian Universities opens additional research opportunities with three PhD scholarships in lung […]

November 17, 2015 at 2:22 pm by Laura Guthrie

Thank you for the support for Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Lung Foundation Australia wants to thank everyone who supported the current campaign to make pulmonary rehabilitation and maintenance more accessible by putting them on Medicare. Lung Foundation Australia CEO Heather Allan said there was overwhelming support for this MBS application from our partner organisations working across lung health. “But the significant support has been from […]

November 16, 2015 at 2:32 pm by Laura Guthrie

Check your lungs this November

Every day we breathe about 22,000 times. However, most of us never stop to think about our breathing, it’s just something we do. We know that more than 50% of all Australians rarely or never think about the health of their lungs.i It’s time Australians started taking the health of their lungs as seriously as […]

November 1, 2015 at 7:00 am by Laura Guthrie
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